neural tension tests

neural tension tests

Various assessment techniques that stretch neural tissues (meninges, nerve roots, axons, and peripheral nerves) and assess the mobility and/or length of the structures and their ability to withstand tensile forces. Positive signs may include the reproduction of symptoms, limitation of motion, or asymmetric responses. The tests include the slump test, the straight leg raise, and the upper limb tension test.
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Neural tension tests that involve bending and flexing can be used to characterize thoracic pain, along with x-rays and CT scans to identify stress fractures.