Alon Rabin, Peter C. Gerszten, Pat Karausky, Clareann H. Bunker, Douglas M. Potter and William C. Welch
The objective of this study was to compare the sensitivity of 2 methods of performing the straight-leg raise (SLR) test, one in the supine position and the other in the seated position, in patients presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with lumbar radiculopathy. Seventy-one patients with signs and symptoms consistent with lumbar radiculopathy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results available for review at the time of participation were assessed with both the supine and the seated SLR test. The authors concluded that the traditional SLR test performed in a supine position is more sensitive in reproducing leg pain than the seated SLR test in patients presenting with signs of and symptoms consistent with lumbar radiculopathy and MRI evidence of nerve root compression.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2007, 88(7),