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Spinal Exam

Straight Leg Raise

January 1st, 2017


  • Test For

  • Radiculopathy, especially of the L5 and S1 nerve roots.
  • How to Perform

  • With the patient supine, lift their leg so as to flex the hip while maintaining a straight leg.
  • Abnormal If

  • Reproduction of the patient's symptoms - pain or paraesthesia.
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