Segmental vertebral motion in the assessment of neck range of motion in whiplash patients

Filadelfio Puglisi, Renzo Ridi, Francesca Cecchi, Aurelio Bonelli, Robert Ferrari

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The purpose of this study was to obtain comparative data concerning the relative contribution of segmental cervical vertebral motion to the cervical range of motion (ROM) in whiplash and healthy subjects in an effort to evaluate the usefulness of X-ray analysis in future forensic and research efforts. Each subject's neck ROM was measured with an optoelectronic system and also by X-ray measurements of the angular rotation in flexion and extension. The X-rays were examined to calculate the angular movement in the sagittal plane of each of the functional units C2-C3 to C6-C7. The chronic whiplash subjects showed reduced total neck range in all directions as compared to healthy subjects (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004


  • Cervical vertebra
  • Neck pain
  • Range of motion
  • Whiplash injuries
  • X-ray

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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