The cervical compression test assesses for impingement of a cervical root and resulting radicular pain.

Performing the Test

  1. The patient is asked to sit down
  2. The examiner applies downward pressure on the patient’s head
  3. The test is considered positive if pain is elicited


  1. Hurley K. OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook. Halifax: Elsevier Canada; 2005.