Examination

The following section is concerned with the general examination for the cervical spine. It is important to keep in mind that the information and videos provided in this section should only serve as a guide. Thus, handling as well as interpretation of outcomes may differ amongst practitioners. Furthermore, the information in this section is purely based on Magee’s Physical Orthopedic Assessment.

The general examination includes the patient history and physical examination. The physical examination is usually subdivided into: Observation, active range of motion, passive range of motion, resisted isometric movements and neurological testing. Palpation and joint play movements should always be done as well. These are, however, not demonstrated on this website.  As many of the symptoms that occur in the upper limb originate from the neck, both, neck and the upper limbs should always be examined (Magee 2007).


Patient history
Observation
Active range of motion
Passive range of motion
Resisted isometric movements
Neurological testing