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Slump Test

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Slump Test
Illustration of the Slump Test
  • Slump Test


  • Evaluate for the cause of patients back pain


  • The patient starts in the seated position, upright, with hands held together behind back
  • Examiner asks patient to flex foreword (i.e. slump) and flex neck
  • Examiner then places hands on top of the patients head and asks them to extend knee, dorsiflex foot
  • The patient is then asked to return neck to neutral position
  • Positive Test:
    • Symptoms are increased in the slump position
    • Symptoms decrease moving out of neck flexion



Herniated Disc

  • Majlesi et al[1]
    • Sensitivity: 84%
    • Specificity: 83%

See Also


  1. Majlesi J, Togay H, Unalan H, Toprak S. The sensitivity and specificity of the Slump and the Straight Leg Raising tests in patients with lumbar disc herniation. J Clin Rheumatol. 2008 Apr;14(2):87-91.
Created by:
John Kiel on 11 August 2019 22:00:29
Last edited:
10 April 2024 17:23:15