Neurological Assessment and Correlation in Spinal Cord Nerve Root Pathology

  • Keri D. Copponex
  • Alan David Kaye
  • Joseph H. Feinberg


In order to perform an adequate neurological assessment of a patient, one must combine a thorough history and physical with other diagnostic studies. When patients present with neurological symptoms such as weakness, pain, or numbness and tingling, the clinician needs to perform a detailed examination to determine if a neurological deficit actually does exist. Sometimes more than one component of the neurological system may be affected. It is important to note that while the sensory cell body of the nerve root lies within the dorsal root ganglion and is extraspinal, the cell body of the motor nerve root is the anterior horn cell that lies within the spinal cord which is intraspinal. This chapter will emphasize spinal cord nerve root pathology and the role of the clinician in identifying aberrant states.


Nerve Root Deep Tendon Reflex Dorsal Column Gluteus Maximus Anterior Horn Cell 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keri D. Copponex
    • 1
  • Alan David Kaye
    • 2
    • 3
  • Joseph H. Feinberg
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyLouisiana State University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Anesthesiology and PharmacologyLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA
  3. 3.Interim Louisiana State University, Hospital and Ochsner Kenner HospitalNew OrleansUSA
  4. 4.Department of PhysiatryHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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