Distraction Test

The Distraction Test is performed if the patient complains of radicular symptoms in the history taking process and shows radicular signs during the examination.


Anterior


Lateral

Execution: The examiner places one hand under the patient’s chin and the other one around the occiput. The examiner then slowly lifts the head.

Outcome: Alleviation of symptoms.
(Magee 2007)

Sensitivity ranges from 26%-64%
Specificity ranges from 90%-100%
(Viikari-Juntura et al. 1989, Wainner et al. 2003)

See THESIS, section “Distraction Test” for further discussion.