Physical examination in Spine care

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Abstract

An appropriate physical examination preceded by a patient history should lead to a differential diagnosis in patients with spinal pain or neurologic symptoms. The physical examination is needed to determine the presence and severity of neurologic impairment. Every initial examination should establish the presence or absence of an upper or lower motor neuron lesion by assessing gait, balance, strength, sensation, and reflexes. For the patient with spinal pain, provocative testing of joints, neural tissue, and soft tissue can aid in the localization of a pain generator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrthopaedic Knowledge Update
Subtitle of host publicationSpine 5
PublisherWolters Kluwer Health
Pages63-72
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781975118419
ISBN (Print)9781975117320
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Diagnostic subgroup
  • Neural tension test
  • Neurologic symptoms
  • Pain provocation
  • Physical examination

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    Metzler, J. P. (2018). Physical examination in Spine care. In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine 5 (pp. 63-72). Wolters Kluwer Health.