drop arm test

drop arm test

a diagnostic test for a tear in the supraspinatus tendon. The result is positive if the patient is unable to lower the affected arm slowly and smoothly from a position of 90 degrees of abduction.

drop arm test

(drop ahrm test)
Maneuver used to determine integrity of the supraspinatus muscle and tendon. With the shoulder abducted 90 degrees, the patient is asked to lower the arm of the affected shoulder. A positive result shows the patient cannot lower the arm slowly and smoothly.
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DROP ARM TEST

drop arm test

A test used to identify tears of the rotator cuff muscle group, esp. supraspinatus. With the patient sitting or standing, the painful shoulder is fully abducted by the examiner and released. The patient actively lowers the arm without support from the examiner. In the presence of rotator cuff tears, the arm will fall uncontrollably to the side from a position of about 90 degrees of abduction.
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