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What is the atlas bone?

Where is the Atlas vertebrae?

  • The atlas is one of the two upper cervical vertebrae, also known as C1, which is the topmost vertebra of the spinal column. It is the vertebra that is in contact with the occipital bone, a flat bone located at the back portion of the head.

What is atlas bone subluxation and how does it affect you?

  • This subluxation (out of alignment position) of the atlas bone can lead to a wider range of discomfort and disease within the body that becomes increasingly exacerbated over time.

How many centers of ossification does the Atlas have?

  • The atlas is usually ossified from three centers. Of these, one appears in each lateral mass about the seventh week of fetal life, and extends backward; at birth, these portions of bone are separated from one another behind by a narrow interval filled with cartilage .

image-What is the atlas bone?
image-What is the atlas bone?
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