Concurrent Criterion-Related Validity of Acromioclavicular Joint Physical Examination Tests: A Systematic Review

Janette W. Powell, PT, BEd (Eng), BAppSc (Pty), OCS, STC, EMT-B, Peter A. Huijbregts, PT, MSc, MHSc, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, FCAMT

This article systematically reviews the available research on concurrent criterion related validity of physical examination tests for the diagnosis of acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) dysfunction. The review reveals that currently available best research evidence supports the inclusion of a number of tests with a specific interpretation in a physical examination format for the diagnosis of painful ACJ dysfunction. It goes on to suggest a number of areas of research for further study.

The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy Vol. 14 No. 2 (2006), online.

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