Alar ligament

The alar ligaments join the lateral margins of the sloping upper posterior margin of the dens of C2 to the lateral margins of the foramen magnum (adjacent to the occipital condyles) and lie on either side of the apical ligament. They may be oblique or vertical and are thickest at the occipital attachment. They are paired ligaments that are very strong and limit axial rotation and contralateral lateral flexion of the head. With the transverse band of the cruciform ligament, they are the primary stabilizer of the atlanto-axial joint 2.

Anatomy: Spine
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rID: 36584
System: Spine
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Alar ligaments

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