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Gaenslens Test

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Other Names

  • Gaenslen Test
  • Gaenslen's Maneuver
  • Gaenslen's Test
  • Pelvic Torsion Test


Demonstration of Gaenslen's test[1]


  • The patient is in the supine position on the examination table
  • The examiner passively flexes the asymptomatic hip and knee to the the patients chest
  • The patient holds their unaffected limb in this position with their hands
  • The symptomatic leg then hangs off the examination table into hyperextension
  • The examiner applies a posterior force on the hyperextended leg
  • A positive test
    • Reproduction of their pain



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Buchanan, Patrick, et al. "Successful diagnosis of sacroiliac joint dysfunction." Journal of Pain Research (2021): 3135-3143.
Created by:
John Kiel on 26 July 2019 00:04:05
Last edited:
23 May 2023 17:09:25