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Load and Shift Test

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Other Names

  • Load and Shift Test

Purpose


Description

Demonstration of the load and shift test
  • Patient can be seated or supine
  • Arm is slightly abducted
  • Examiner stabilizes scapula and grasps the humeral head with the other hand
  • The examiner then applies anterior and posterior forces in a "load and shift" manner
  • Positive test
    • Excessive laxity
    • Normal translation is up to 25%

Pathology


Evidence

  • Need to clarify what pathology[1]
    • Sensitivity: 90%
    • Specificity: 85%
    • LR+: 6
    • LR-: -0.12

See Also


References

  1. Cleland J. Orthopedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach for Physical Therapists. Carlstadt, NJ: Icon Learning Systems; 2005.
Created by:
John Kiel on 5 August 2019 00:21:14
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16 April 2023 19:15:03
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