cervical distraction test performed to assess a space occupying condition of the cervical spine

Special Orthopedic Assessment Tests for the Neck – Space Occupying Conditions

The term “space occupying condition” is used to describe a condition in which there is compression on a spinal nerve in the intervertebral foramen.

herniated disc with compression of the spinal nerve in the intervertebral foramen

Pathologic Disc Conditions of the Neck

The danger with a disc bulge or herniation is that the disc can compress the spinal nerve within the intervertebral foramen, causing a pinched nerve.

posterior glide / translation motion of the spine

Motions of the Cervical Spine

Table 1 shows average healthy ranges of axial motion of the cervical spine (head and neck), from the atlanto-occipital joint through the C7-T1 joint.