Spurling's Compression Test
Assess for impingement of a cervical root and subsequent radicular pain. .
Performing the Test
In sitting, have patient flex head to ipsilateral side of their referred symptoms
If no symptoms, examiner can apply combined compression and side flexion
Positive test: reproduces radicular pain
LR+ = 4.3; LR- = 0.75.
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