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Spinal Exam

Cervical Extension

January 1st, 2017


  • How to Assess

  • Place a hand on the patient's upper back to stabilise the thoracic spine and ask them to look upward. Provide resistance by placing the palm of the other hand on the patient's occiput.
  • Muscles Involved

  • Splenius muscles, semispinalis muscles, erector spinae, trapezius
  • Normal Range of Motion

  • 45°
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