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Intertransverse ligaments of the spine run from the transverse process of one vertebra to the transverse process of the next vertebra.
- Intertransverse ligaments are oriented in the frontal plane, so they limit motion in the opposite direction, in other words, opposite-side lateral flexion (contralateral lateral flexion).
- In the illustration here, the left-side intertransverse ligament becomes taut with right-side lateral flexion, thereby limiting that motion.
- “Inter” comes from Latin for “between”. Hence, “intertransverse” means “between transverse”.
- Intertransverse ligaments would also become taut (and therefore limit) the end ranges of rotation to each side.