Monday, January 28, 2013

Patrick’s Test (FABER) Test

Purpose: To assess for pathological conditions of hip joint, iliiopsoas spasm, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Patient/Therapist Position: Pt is lying supine, untested leg is lying straight, tested leg is brought into hip flexion, abduction and external rotation by PT.

Procedure: The PT stabilizes contralateral (straight) leg’s ASIS. The PT then tries to passively lower the tested leg to the table. 1

Interpretation: + indication when pain is reproduced with comparable symptoms and/or when the tested leg's knee remains above the leg that is straight out.

*Note- Unaffected side should always be tested first.

Statistics: Sensitivity 82%, Specificity N/A , +LR .46, -LR N/A


Magee, David and Sueki, Derrick. Orthopedic Physical Assessment Atlas and Video: Selected Special Tests and Movements. Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Series. 2011.

Maslowski E, et. Al. The diagnostic validity of hip provocation maneuvers to detect intra-articular hip pathology.” American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Volume 2, Number 3. March 2010. Pgs. 174-181

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