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Pelvic Compression Test

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Other Names

  • Pelvic Compression Test
  • Pelvic Compression Test for Meralgia Parasthetica


Demonstration of the Pelvic Compression Test[1]
  • Evaluate the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve (LFCN) as a cause of thigh pain
  • Concept of test
    • LFCN is compressed by the inguinal ligament
    • A downward force to the hip will relax the ligament and temporarily alleviate the patient’s symptoms


  • Patient is positioned in lateral decubitus position with their symptomatic side facing up
  • Examiner applies a downward, compression force to the pelvis
  • This pressure is maintained for 45 seconds.
  • Positive test
    • Alleviation of symptoms the test is considered positive



  • Nouraei et al[2]
    • Sensitivity: 95%
    • Specificity: 93.3%

See Also


  1. Koesterer, Thomas, Aaron Blanchard, and Patrick Donnelly. "Meralgia paresthetica in a male collegiate Lacrosse player." International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training 19.5 (2014): 16-19.
  2. Nouraei SA, Anand B, Spink G, et al. A novel approach to the diagnosis and management of meralgia paresthetica. Neurosurgery. 2007;60(4):696-700.
Created by:
John Kiel on 16 September 2020 13:01:02
Last edited:
2 June 2024 15:23:17