Semispinalis Cervicis – Functional Anatomy

Semispinalis Cervicis

Semispinalis Cervicis connects the transverse processes of  T1-T6 to the spinous processes of C2-C5 trapping C6-C7.

Origin – transverse processes of T1-T5 or T6

Insertion – Spinous processes of C2-C5

Function – Extension and some rotation of the lower cervicals

Wikipedia entry for semispinalis cervicis


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