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Clunk Test

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Other Names

  • Clunk Test


Clinical demonstration of the clunk test[1]


  • The patient is supine
  • Place one hand on the posterior humeral head
  • Place the other hand on the humerus above the elbow
  • Fully abduct the arm over the patient’s head, and then push anteriorly with the hand over the humeral head
  • Do this while the other hand rotates the humerus into external rotation.
  • Positive test
    • A clunk or grinding sound



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Manske, Robert, and Todd Ellenbecker. "Current concepts in shoulder examination of the overhead athlete." International journal of sports physical therapy 8.5 (2013): 554.
Created by:
John Kiel on 21 August 2021 18:26:42
Last edited:
13 April 2022 11:05:11