Identifies radicular pain from L5-S1 roots

Performing the Test

  1. Complete a straight leg raise test
  2. Just below point where symptoms are elicited in the leg being lifted, slightly flex the patient's knee and push fingers into popliteal fossa
  3. Positive: reproduction of symptoms in leg being lifted


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