Assesses disc herniation and lumbar radiculopathy

Performing the Test

  1. Perform a straight leg raise test on the asymptomatic leg, adduct the asymptomatic leg accross midline
  2. Positive test: reproduction of symptoms in contralateral leg
    • Sensitivity: 43%, Specificity: 97%
    • LR+=14.3, LR-=0.59


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