Cervical Motion Testing: Methodology and Clinical Implications

Tamara Prushansky*, Zeevi Dvir

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Background: Measurement of cervical motion (CM) is probably the most commonly applied functional outcome measure in assessing the status of patients with cervical pathology. In general terms, CM refers to motion of the head relative to the trunk as well as conjunct motions within the cervical spine. Special Features: Multiple techniques and instruments have been used for assessing CM. These were associated with a wide variety of parameters relating to accuracy, reproducibility, and validity. Modern measurement systems enable recording, processing, and documentation of CM with a high degree of precision. Summary: Cervical motion measures provide substantial information regarding the severity of motion limitation and level of effort in cervically involved patients. They may also be used for following up performance during and after conservative or invasive interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-508
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Neck
  • Neck Pain
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Spine


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