Identifies radicular pain from L5-S1 roots
Performing the Test
straight leg raise test
Just below point where symptoms are elicited in the leg being lifted, slightly flex the patient's knee and push fingers into popliteal fossa
Positive: reproduction of symptoms in leg being lifted
Baxter S, ed., McScheffrey G, ed. Toronto Notes: Comprehensive Medical Reference & Review for MCCQE 1 & USMLE 2. 26th ed. Toronto: Toronto Notes for Medical Students Inc; 2010.
Hurley K. OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook. Halifax: Elsevier Canada; 2005.