painful arc sign

painful arc sign

pain elicited during active abduction or forced elevation of the upper extremity between 60° and 120°.

pain·ful arc sign

(pān'fǔl ahrk sīn)
Pain elicited during active abduction of the upper extremity between 60 and 120 degrees.
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This edition has six new tests (the ballottement test, Gerber's test, the painful arc sign, the Thessaly test, the quad active test, and the Lelli test for anterior cruciate ligament injuries); a new evidence section for some tests, listing systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or articles that have addressed their reliability or diagnostic accuracy; and new color images.
The combination of the painful arc sign, drop-arm sign, and infraspinatus muscle strength test are helpful in detecting a full-thickness rotator cuff tear (SOR: B, a single prospective study).
2) Investigators assessed 8 physical exam tests--the Neer impingement sign, Hawkins-Kennedy impingement sign, painful arc sign, supraspinatus muscle strength test, Speed's test, cross-body adduction test, drop-arm sign, and infraspinatus muscle strength test--to determine their diagnostic utility.