External Rotation Stress Test

 External Rotation Stress Test

  • External Rotation Stress Test is used to test the External rotators of the shoulder, specifically the infraspinatus and the teres minor
  • External Rotation Stress Test is used to test the External rotators of the shoulder, specifically the infraspinatus and the teres minor

  • With the patient’s arms by his or her side in neutral flexion and abduction,
  • the shoulders are externally rotated 45 to 60 degrees.
  • The examiner applies force against the dorsum of the  hands, attempting to rotate the shoulders internally back to neutral while the patient is asked to resist.

  • External Rotation Stress Test is considered positive if there are Pain and weakness.
  • This suggests inflammation or tearing of the infraspinatus or the teres minor or both.

  • Sensitivity: 58 %
  • Specificity: 96 %


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