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Femoral Nerve Stretch Test

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Overview

  • 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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