Neurological Exam

Just wanted to take a quick second to say thank you to all the people who have visited my blog and participated through email and comments. The blog just hit 6,000 views! Keep the requests coming and I will do my best to deliver the subject matter. I had a question about the resources for the general neurological exam... this is the site that I use because it is pretty comprehensive and it is to-the-point (my 2 favorite qualities).


Cranial Nerves


  • Ptosis (III)
  • Facial Droop or Asymmetry (VII)
  • Hoarse Voice (X)
  • Articulation of Words (V, VII, X, XII)
  • Abnormal Eye Position (III, IV, VI)
  • Abnormal or Asymmetrical Pupils (II, III)
Manual Muscles Testing

  • Test the following:
    1. Flexion at the elbow (C5, C6, biceps)
    2. Extension at the elbow (C6, C7, C8, triceps)
    3. Extension at the wrist (C6, C7, C8, radial nerve)
    4. Squeeze two of your fingers as hard as possible ("grip," C7, C8, T1) [10]
    5. Finger abduction (C8, T1, ulnar nerve)
    6. Oppostion of the thumb (C8, T1, median nerve)
    7. Flexion at the hip (L2, L3, L4, iliopsoas)
    8. Adduction at the hips (L2, L3, L4, adductors)
    9. Abduction at the hips (L4, L5, S1, gluteus medius and minimus)
    10. Extension at the hips (S1, gluteus maximus) [12]
    11. Extension at the knee (L2, L3, L4, quadriceps) [10]
    12. Flexion at the knee (L4, L5, S1, S2, hamstrings)
    13. Dorsiflexion at the ankle (L4, L5)
    14. Plantar flexion (S1) [12]
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