Anterior Drawer

 Anterior Drawer

What is Anterior Drawer?

  • Anterior Drawer test of the shoulder is used to test for Anterior Instability

How it's Performed?

  • stablize the scapula and apply an anteriorly directed force against the humeral head with the contralateral hand.
  • NOTE: graded 1+, 2+, and 3+ but this only documents amount of laxity, not pathologic unless causes symptoms

What does a positive Anterior Drawer mean?

  • positive if there is sense of instability when compared to the contralateral side

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 53 %
  • Specificity: 85 %


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