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Spurling's test

Spurling's test, or foraminal compression test, is a very specific, but not sensitive physical examination maneuver in diagnosing acute radiculopathy.

It is performed by extending the neck and rotating the head and then applying downward pressure on the head. The test is considered positive if pain radiates into the limb ipsilateral to the side that the head is rotated to.

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Emedicine: Cervical Radiculopathy

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