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Slump Test

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Slump Test
Illustration of the Slump Test
  • Slump Test

Purpose

  • Evaluate for the cause of patients back pain

Description

  • 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

Pathology


Evidence

Herniated Disc

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

See Also


References

  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.
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John Kiel on 11 August 2019 22:00:29
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