Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

The physical examination of the neck and back region is a fundamental part of the standard physical exam. It understandably relies on the previous comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Mainly, this exam consists of a thorough inspection, palpation, and manipulation of the neck and back.

The assessment focuses on the integrity and proper functioning of the muscles, ligaments, joints, bones that make up the neck and back, as well as the spinal cord and emerging nerves. The key is to identify signs of abnormal functioning as well as to narrow down the causes of a patient’s back, neck, or joint pain, including injuries to the soft tissues, degenerative bone diseases, motor neuron disorders, among many others.

Course Details

  • Videos 11
  • Duration 1:16 h
  • Quiz questions 33
  • Concept Pages 6


Your Educators of course Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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Back to basics!
By george r. on 26. May 2022 for Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

All practicing clinicians need to take this course. They have forgotten the significance of hands on and correlating the exam with diagnostic testing. Most if not all have some pathological changes that can be found on imaging. That doesn’t mean that is the diagnoses of the chief complaint. I have never had a clinician examine me in that fashion. Some barely touch. As a practicing veterinarian for over 45 yrs , I can attest to the abnormalities found on imaging studies that are causing absolutely no clinical signs. Back to the basics. History and Physical Exam!

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By Luis M. on 15. June 2021 for Examinations of the Neck and Back Region

I am taking in this moment semioLogy of the upper extremities