Questions and answers

What is the articulation of the costovertebral joint?

What is the articulation of the costovertebral joint?

The costovertebral joint is the articulation between the costal facte or demi-facets (formed by the caudal side of the superior vertebra and the cranial side of the inferior vertebra) and the head of the rib These facets form a solid angle whose base consists of the annulus fibrosis of the intervertebral disc.

How are the costocorporeal joints related to the costotransverse?

The seventh-tenth costotransverse joints are oriented posteromedially, so the movements of ribs during inhalation will cause the posteromedial gliding and rotation of the rib necks. All the costocorporeal joints move concurrently with the costotransverse, with slight superior gliding and internal rotation of the rib heads

How are the costovertebral joints important to the biomechanics?

The costovertebral complex is an essential component of the biomechanics of chest wall movement. The costovertebral ligaments make the actions of the costovertebral joints and intervertebral movement possible. The ligaments function to:

How to diagnose a costovertebral joint sprain?

Diagnosis of a costovertebral joint sprain A thorough subjective and objective examination from a physiotherapist is usually sufficient to diagnose a costovertebral joint sprain. Investigations such as an MRI or CT scan may be required to confirm diagnosis and rule out other conditions. Treatment for a costovertebral joint sprain

Where are the costotransverse joints located in the rib cage?

Costotransverse joints are the connections between the articular facet on the tubercle of the rib and the transverse costal facet located on the transverse process of the vertebra at the same numerical level.

What are the movements of the costotransverse joints?

The movements on these joints are called ‘pump-handle’ or ‘bucket-handle’ movements, and are limited to a small degree of gliding and rotation of the rib head. The function of these movements is to enable lifting of the ribs upwards and outwards during breathing.