patient with a complete cord injury where function to C7 is intact?
The nerve root
of C7 runs between vertebrae C7 and C6. Nerve function at C7 includes:
Expected level of Function
- feeding and grooming
- independent transfers
- able to sit up and roll over in bed
- can dress self
- may drive car with hand controls
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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
June 16, 2000