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 35
  • Articles 0


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 Washington, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Co-Director of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Due to 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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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