Spurling Test

 Spurling Test

  • Spurling Test is a Musculoskeletal assessment of the cervical spine when looking for cervical nerve root compression causing Cervical Radiculopathy

  1. The patient is seated and asked to sidebend and slightly rotate head to the painful side.
  2. 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 %

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