deep tendon reflexes: which test for which nerve root?

11 Aug

Some quick reminders and visual aids on which reflexes test which nerve roots:

C5 – Biceps

C6 – Biceps, Brachioradialis

C7 – Triceps

L4 – Patellar (knee jerk)

S1 – Achilles (ankle jerk)

 

This NYU site has some good pictures for each tendon reflex, but here’s a quick & dirty picture for those short on time:

reflexes

 

There you go.  Add it to the mental rolodex.

 

References: neuroexam.com, NYU neuro exam site, picture

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