seated straight leg raise test
seated straight leg raise testA clinical test used to identify tight hamstrings and sciatic nerve irritation.
The patient begins sitting with hip flexed to 90º; with hands grasping the examination table on each side, her or she then actively extends a knee.
• The patient breaks tripod or is unable to fully extend knee (implies tight hamstrings).
• The patient arches hi or her back and/or complains of pain in buttocks, posterior thigh and calf (implies sciatic nerve irritation).
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