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.

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  • Videos 9
  • Duration 1:10 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

Stephen Holt attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completed his residency training and Chief Residency at Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining the program as an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program.

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

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