At what level does the greatest amount of extension range of motion occur in the cervical spine?

What is extension of the cervical spine?

Extension is also initiated in the lower cervical spine (C4 through C7) and is followed by the beginning of motion at C0 through C2. The middle range consists of varied movement from the mid cervical region, whereas the lower cervical spine is the last to contribute as the column moves into terminal extension.

At which spinal level does the majority of flexion extension occur in the neck?

Approximately 50% of flexion extension of the neck happens between the occiput and C1; 50% of the rotation of the neck happens between C1 and C2. The cervical spine is much more mobile than the thoracic or lumbar regions of the spine.

Which part of the spine has the greatest range of motion?

The lumbar vertebrae are the largest and carry most of the body’s weight. This region allows more range of motion than the thoracic spine, but less than the cervical. Lumbar facet joints enable significant flexion and extension movement, but limits rotation.

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What articulation is most responsible for cervical rotation?

The atlantoaxial joint is responsible for 50% of all cervical rotation; the atlanto-occipital joint is responsible for 50% of flexion and extension. The unique features of C2 anatomy and its articulations complicate assessment of its pathology. Cervical spine. Note uniquely shaped atlas and axis (C1 and C2).

What is normal ROM for neck?

In neck flexion, a normal range of motion is 40 to 80 degrees, which is measured by a device called a goniometer. This shows how far you can move your neck without experiencing pain, discomfort, or resistance.

How far should you be able to tilt your head to the side?

Between 160 to 180 degrees; i.e. you should be able to rotate your neck to the right and to the left, so that your nose is in line with your shoulder (or near enough).

What is the range of motion between the skull and C1?

Flexion/extension is the primary movement of the O-C1 joint. Studies vary but the average range is 0-25 degrees of total movement with more extension than flexion (Oatis, 2004).

Which spinal nerves affect which parts of the body?

The nerves of the cervical spine go to the upper chest and arms. The nerves in your thoracic spine go to your chest and abdomen. The nerves of the lumbar spine then reach to your legs, bowel, and bladder. These nerves coordinate and control all the body’s organs and parts, and let you control your muscles.

What part of the spine controls the heart?

Thoracic (mid back) – the main function of the thoracic spine is to hold the rib cage and protect the heart and lungs. The twelve thoracic vertebrae are numbered T1 to T12.

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Which motion is greatest in the lumbar spine?

Mobility of the lumbar spine (Fig. 3) is greatest during flexion/extension movements (cumulative mobility in segments L1-5: 57°) and more limited during lateral bending (L1-5: 26°) and axial rotation (L1-5: 8°) (31).