Ligament Injury 101
Understanding and diagnosing ligament injury plays a critical role in accurately evaluating and treating spinal injuries in patients.
What Is It?
A spinal support ligament injury, also known as a "spinal ligament sprain" is any damage to the soft tissue support ligaments in the spine which causes excessive motion in the vertebral joints and spinal instability.
Where Is It?
In and around the spine, there are 220 different ligaments, 23 of these are the vertebral discs and 197 of them are the spinal support ligaments. These ligaments support the vertebrae and hold them in place. Let's take a look at part of the spine illustrated:
DID YOU KNOW?
The Computerized Radiographic Mensuration Analysis® utilizes technology with FDA-Cleared AI assistance to provide an objective report on spinal ligament injuries. The CRMA® is performed by Spinal Kinetics' board-certified medical radiologists all across the country.
Mechanism of Injury
When the ligament tissue is over-stretched the phenomenon is much like overstretching a rubber band to the point that it loses some of its elasticity.
It will never regain the tautness it once had. In this way, after the ligaments are damaged, they allow for excessive motion in the vertebral joints which causes instability in the spine.