Assesses nerve impingement and lumbar radiculopathy

Performing the Test

  1. With the patient lying supine, the examiner passively raises the leg while maintaining knee extension and neutral ankle dorsiflexion
  2. Positive test: reproduction of symptoms and sensitization with hip flexion,
  3. Herniated disc post-test probabilities:
    • Sensitivity: 97%, Specificity: 57%
    • LR+ = 2.23, LR- =0.05


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