Mastering Rotator Cuff Pathology: Special Tests & Diagnosis

By dpope2020

March 1, 2024

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Mastering Rotator Cuff Pathology: Special Tests & Diagnosis

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In today's video we go over Mastering Rotator Cuff Pathology: Special Tests & Diagnosis: 

  • 1:53 - Hawkins-Kennedy Test
  • 2:12 - Neer's Test
  • 2:30 - Empty Can [Jobe] Test
  • 2:54 - Full Can Test
  • 3:15 - Drop Arm Sign Test
  • 3:35 - Painful Arc Test
  • 4:59 - External Rotation Lag Sign
  • 5:21 - Infraspinatus Drop Sign
  • 5:41 - Hornblower Sign
  • 5:58 - Weakness in External Rotation
  • 6:15 - Bear Hug Test
  • 6:39 - Belly Press Test
  • 7:08 - Internal Rotation, Lag Sign
  • 7:36 - Internal Rotation Lift-off Tests

Think I strained my rotory cup,


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