Back pain: Test your skills with these 5 questions
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Randolph Pearson, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, is a Professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the College of Human Medicine, East Lansing. He is the Senior Associate Director of the Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine Residency and team physician for MSU Football. Dr. Pearson is also a faculty member of the National Family Medicine Board Review course.

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You are examining a 17-year-old high school football player. In last Friday’s game, he was tackled from the right, causing him to have acute onset of numbness and weakness in his right arm. The symptoms resolved spontaneously over a period of several minutes while he was being assessed on the sidelines by his trainer. The athlete has no history of previous similar injury.

During your physical examination of the athlete, he has normal function of both arms; equal muscle strength; full, pain-free range of motion; no neck pain; normal neck examination findings; and normal neurologic examination findings.

Which of the following is correct regarding his injury?

The injury was caused by compression of the C5-C6 nerve root on the right.

The injury was caused by a stretch of the brachial plexus on the right.

The athlete is at significant risk for long-term neurologic deficit from this injury.

This injury is a common cause for permanent medical disqualification from collision sport.

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