What Does My Mid Back Have To Do With My Sciatic Pain?!?!

birdplanesupermanAs I grow in my Osteopathic journey, and really my life, it is interesting to note how many things are directly in front of us and easily accessible yet seemingly unused. One such case is the very basic anatomy of the spinal cord and the vertebral column. When looking back through posts I have made on this site I have always made specific use of the term vertebral column as I do not consider the spinal cord as synonymous with it and I definitely do not consider the term spinal column accurate or useful. As we go through this short journey I will make it clear why! Continue reading


The Tenth Thoracic Vertebra

If you are reading Marion Clark’s book, this is one of the easier chapters to summarize…because he does it for you. I will provide that summary as well as some other thoughts (as I am prone to do). Continue reading

Almost Done: The Eleventh Rib

The eleventh rib is the first rib that does not articulate with the sternum in any way. The eleventh rib has only one articulation with the facet of the eleventh thoracic vertebrae. The eleventh rib is highly invested in musculature and displays marked mobility that is often checked by the musculature that attaches on its inferior surface. Continue reading

The Tenth Rib

Marion Clark describes the tenth rib as a peculiar rib due to the fact that it only has one articulating facet with the body of the tenth thoracic vertebrae. The tenth rib is also a false rib as it articulates with the common costal cartilage and not the sternum. The tenth rib is quite mobile. Continue reading