Gaenslen's test


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Gaenslen's test

A clinical test used to identify sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction.

Technique 
The patient lies supine, close to the side of the examination table. The examiner allows the near leg to hang over the side of the table, and instructs the patient to actively flex the other leg to his or her chest and hold it; stabilising the patient, the examiner applies pressure to the near leg, forcing it into hyperextension.

Positive test
Pain implies SI joint dysfunction.
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Positive findings on at least one of the following three provocation tests for SIJ pain: (i) Gaenslen's test in which the hip joint is flexed maximally on one side, and the opposite hip joint is extended, stressing both sacroiliac joints simultaneously), (12) (ii) Patrick's test [flexion, abduction external rotation (FABERE) test], (13) (iii) Newton's test (thigh hyperflexion test), (14) a negative response to Kemp's test, (15) one of the pain provocation tests for sciatica (Patient's trunk rotates obliquely downward in the affected lumbosacral area.
27) used criteria comprised of the region of the pain, tenderness in the SIJ, and positive results on at least one of three provocation tests: Gaenslen's test, Patrick's test, or Newton's test.