An action that is performed without conscious thought as a response to a stimulus.
Checking for possible damage within the nervous system. 3 responses Hyporeflexia Hyperreflexia Normal
Hyporeflexia Absent or decreased movement Problem peripheral nervous tissue ▪ Trauma, impingement, or entrapment Hyperreflexia Increased movement Lesion in the spine above the level of the reflex Normal Normal movement
Grasp patient’s elbow with one hand, placing your thumb on the biceps tendon Cradle patient’s forearm with elbow in slight flexion Using the smaller end of the reflex hammer tap your thumb You should feel or see a contraction
Position the patient seated with knees off the end of the table Locate the patellar tendon, just below the patella Using the larger end of the reflex hammer, tap the tendon You should see a contraction