- Spurling Test is a Musculoskeletal assessment of the cervical spine when looking for cervical nerve root compression causing Cervical Radiculopathy
- The patient is seated and asked to sidebend and slightly rotate head to the painful side.
- The clinician places a compressive force of approximately 7 kg through the top of the head in an effort to further narrow the intervertebral foramen.
- The Spurling test is considered positive when it reproduces the patient’s symptoms. The test is not indicated if the patient does not have upper extremity or scapular region symptoms.
- Sensitivity: 50 %
- Specificity: 86 %