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Femoral Nerve Stretch Test

November 25th, 2019


The femoral nerve stretch test is used to assess for radiculopathy of the L2 - L4 nerve roots, particularly caused by L4/L5 disc protrusion.
  • How to Perform

  • With the patient prone, flex the knee and extend the hip.
  • Abnormal If

  • Pain in the anterior thigh.
The femoral nerve stretch test was once epnymously named the Mackiewicz sign after Dr Jacob Mackiewi, who first described the test in 1912.
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