# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Physical/Occupational Therapy II Task 1018606905

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Compare the anatomical features of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae that enable identification of these vertebrae.

Definition

Comparison should include
  • cervical vertebrae (atlas, axis, odontoid process/dens, and transverse foramen)
  • thoracic vertebrae (costal facets)
  • lumbar vertebrae
  • comparative landmarks (vertebral body, spinous processes, transverse processes lamina, pedicle, intervertebral foramen, superior and inferior articulating facets, and vertebral foramen).

Process/Skill Questions

  • Why is the first cervical vertebra (Atlas) named after the Greek mythological figure?
  • What functional purpose does the transverse foramen serve?
  • What other names are used for the facet joints?