Identifies neural tension via radicular pain
Performing the Test
Patient sits at side of bed with neck and thoracic spine flexed creating a slumped over posture
Examiner passively straightens one of the pt.'s legs at a time
If pain occurs in leg or back, ask patient to sit up straight while maintaining knee extension/hip flexion
Positive: pain reduces or eliminates with sitting up as this reduces tension on the spinal cord and nerves while maintaining stretch on the pt.'s hamstring
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