Spinal instability and the log-rolling maneuver

Robert A. McQuire, Shirley Neville, Barth A. Green, Clark Watts

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Immobilization of the spine is of prime concern during transportation of trauma patients to prevent neurologic compromise. In an attempt to study certain techniques of prehospital thoracolumbar spine immobilization, we radiographically evaluted the motion of the thoracolumbar spine in a volunteer with a stable spine, a cadaver with an unstable thoracolumbar spine, and a patient with a T12-L1 fracture dislocation. Both the backboard and the Scoop stretcher offered adequate stabilization for thoracolumbar spin instability. The logroll maneuver presented the greatest possibility for movement of the spine at the unstable thoracolumbar segment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-531
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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