Signs
 

Trendelenburg Test

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Overview

    • How to Perform

    • Support the patient by holding onto their hands, and then ask them to lift one leg off the ground.
    • Abnormal If

    • The hip on the non-weightbearing side falls, as the patient is unable to elevate their hip
    • Significance

    • Suggests hip abductor (gluteus medius / minimus) weakness, most commonly due to proximal myopathy.
  • The Trendelenburg test was first identified in 1895 by orthopaedic surgeon Friedrich Trendelenburg, and although the test has since been modified, no better test for abductor weakness has been identified.
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