patient with a complete cord injury where function to C6 is intact?
The nerve root
of C6 runs between vertebrae C6 and C5. Nerve function at C6 includes:
extensor carpi radialis, rotator cuff, partial latissimus
Expected level of Function
- feeding and grooming
- able to use assisted devices to grasp objects
- can roll over and maneuver in bed
- may drive car with hand controls
- may be able to transfer
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Keppler, J. (1987). Acute spinal cord injury. Critical Care Clinics. July. 3:3. pp. 638-641.
Netter, F. (1989). Atlas of Human Anatomy. New Jersey: Novartis.
S. (1996). Correlative Neuroanatomy. 23rd Ed. Stamford: Lange. pp
46-52, 352-355, 370.
Clinical Educator, CCTC
May 26, 2000