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Beatty Test

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Other Names

  • Beatty’s Maneuver
  • Beatty’s Test
  • Modified Beatty Test


Demonstration of the Beatty test[1]
Demonstration of the modified Beatty test[2]
  • Evaluate the Piriformis muscle as a cause of hip or buttocks pain


  • The patient lays on the unaffected side in the lateral decubitus position
  • They flex their affected hip up and abduct against gravity
  • Positive test
    • Reproduction of the patient's typical buttock pain
    • Or weakness, or paresthesia on the affected side



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Image courtesy of medscape.com, "Piriformis Injection Periprocedural Care"
  2. Bârzu, Mariana. "Diagnostic methods in piriformis syndrome." Timisoara Physical Education and Rehabilitation Journal 6.11 (2013): 22-28.
Created by:
John Kiel on 5 August 2020 22:51:21
Last edited:
25 March 2023 06:03:35