Cervical flexion and extension radiographs in acutely injured patients.

@article{Wang1999CervicalFA,
  title={Cervical flexion and extension radiographs in acutely injured patients.},
  author={Jeffrey C Wang and Joshua D Hatch and Harvinder S. Sandhu and Rick Delamarter},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  year={1999},
  volume={365},
  pages={
          111-6
        }
}
Flexion and extension lateral radiographs of the cervical spine may suggest signs of ligamentous and soft tissue injuries in a potentially unstable spine. However, patients with acute injuries and severe pain and muscle spasms may not be able to move their necks effectively, severely compromising the diagnostic yield of the radiographs. In addition, there are reports of serious neurologic injuries occurring with the use of these radiographs in acutely injured patients. The purpose of this study… CONTINUE READING
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