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What is the classification of the interspinous ligament-spinous process joint?

fibrous (amphiarthrosis) syndesmosis


What vertebral levels will the interspinous ligament be attached to?

those between C2 and S1 inclusive


What are the specific bony attaching sites for the interspinous ligament?

along the length of the spinous process


What is the status of the human interspinous ligament compared with other common ligaments?

they are poorly developed as ligaments although collagen fibers are present


With which other common ligaments will the interspinous ligament blend or fuse?

- posteriorly with the ligamentum nuchae in the cervical spine
- posteriorly with the supraspinous ligament in the thoracic and lumbar spine
- anteriorly with the ligamentum flavum


What is the status of the cervical interspinous ligament?

it is lacking, poorly developed, or simply considered the deep anterior part of the ligamentum nuchae


What is the status of the thoracic interpsinous ligament?

it is narrow and elongated reflecting the shape of the spinous process


What is the status of the lumbar interspinous ligament?

it is broad and thick with three layers identified from anterior to posterior


What is now thought to be a major function of the interspinous ligament?

it is more likely a proprioceptive transducer for the spinal reflex

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