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Dynamic Chiropractic – April 1, 2020, Vol. 38, Issue 04

Sclerotomes, Viscerotomes and Angiotomes, Oh My!

By K. Jeffrey Miller, DC, MBA
Two of the most common procedures used in neuromusculoskeletal examination are testing the skin to assess a patient's ability to feel various sensations and testing muscle strength. In testing the skin, we are attempting to determine if an area of altered sensation or a pattern of pain is related to a dermatome, an area of skin innervated by a single spinal nerve root. In testing muscle strength, we are attempting to determine if weakness is present in a myotome, a group of muscles innervated by a single nerve root. 

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