Evaluating Soft-Tissue Neck Trauma
After neck injury, a careful neurologic evaluation must be conducted, and every examination should begin with a thorough case history. (See Table 1). Note any signs of impaired consciousness, inequality of pupils, or nystagmus. Do outstretched arms drift unilaterally when the eyes are closed? Standard coordination tests such as finger-to-nose, heel-to-toe, heel-to-knee, and for Romberg s sign should be conducted, along with superficial and tendon reflex tests.
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