Dorsal Spine Clinical Examination
The thoracic spine is the most rigid part of the vertebral column because of the associated rib cage which in turn protects the heart and lungs. The thoracic spine, being one of the primary curves, exhibit a mild kyphosis (posterior curvature), the cervical and lumbar spine, being secondary curves, exhibit a slight lordosis or anterior curvature (Figs. 1 and 2).
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