Spinous Process Tap Test

 Spinous Process Tap Test

  • Spinous Process Tap Test is used to indicates lumbar spine syndrome.

  • The patient is seated with the spine slightly flexed. With a reflex mallet, the examiner taps on the spinous processes of the lumbar spine and on the paraspinal musculature.

  • Localized pain can indicate irritation of the involved spinal segments as a result of degenerative inflammatory changes.
  • Radicular pain can be a sign of disk pathology.

  • Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal 3rd Ed. Book

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