Trendelenberg Test (Hip Abductors)
Assess if gait disturbance is due to weakness of hip abductors.
Performing the Test
With the patient standing, ask them to stand on one leg
Positive test: indicated by elevation of the iliac crest/gluteal folds of the weight bearing leg or pelvic PSIS drop of the non-weightbearing leg
Indicates weakness of hip abductors on weight bearing leg
Sensitivity: 73%, Specificity: 77%
LR+ =3.15, LR- =0.35
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