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Old 12-13-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Ventral Cord

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Can I anyone tell me what the ventral cord is and what happens it when it is flattened?

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Old 12-17-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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Re: Ventral Cord

The ventral cord is your spinal cord and ventral describes where. The spinal cord extends down from the brain stem. The cord is enclosed by membranes (meniges) and surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The cord itself is made up of tracts of nerve fibers called white matter, and a core of grey matter containing nerve cells that do motor, ensory and reflex functions. The cord itself is continuous but has segments and a righ and left nerve root that exit via the neural foramins at the various spinal levels (i.e., C1, C2...T1, T2...L1, L2..)

At each of these levels there the two nerve roots 1) dorsal/posterior (back) carrying incoming nerve impulses (like signals from your fingers); and
2) ventral/ anterior (front area) carrying outgoing signals (like message to move muscles). These two nerve roots join to form a spinal nerve on each side (right and left).

When you have ventral cord flatening - something is pressing on it, either a bulged disc or bone spurs or aligment problem. Ventral again is the anterior (front) portion of the cord as described above.

 
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