Identifies neural tension via radicular pain

Performing the Test

  1. Patient sits at side of bed with neck and thoracic spine flexed creating a slumped over posture
  2. Examiner passively straightens one of the pt.'s legs at a time
  3. If pain occurs in leg or back, ask patient to sit up straight while maintaining knee extension/hip flexion
  4. Positive: pain reduces or eliminates with sitting up as this reduces tension on the spinal cord and nerves while maintaining stretch on the pt.'s hamstring


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