Cervical Distraction Test
- Neck Distraction Test
- Traction Distraction Test
- Axial Manual Traction Test
- To evaluate the cause of neck pain
- The patient lays supine on the examination table
- The physician stands at the head of the bed with the patients occiput resting in their hands, thumbs along mastoid process
- Slightly flex the neck and pull the head towards the examiner providing a distracting force
- Positive Test
- Reduction or elimination of symptoms with distraction
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