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Cervical Paraspinal Muscles

Last updated on Monday, June 1 2009 by blondarb

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Muscle Name: cervical paraspinal muscles



Spinal Nerve Roots:
      Innervated by the dorsal rami of the corresponding spinal level.

Brachial Plexus Trunks: NA

Brachial Plexus Cords: NA
Named Nerves: NA     

Attachment: Attachments vary depending on depth of muscle.

Action: Extension and rotation of cervical spine.

Needle Insertion: Count up from C7 based upon the spinal level being tested. Insert ~1 cm lateral to the spinous process.

Activation for EMG: Extend the neck.

Pitfalls:  May be difficult to relax these muscles. The patient may have to flex their neck.

Notes:  Usefull in assessing presence of radiculopathy.