Cranial Cervical Flexion Test is used for Cervical Spine Examination
How it’s Performed?
The patient is positioned in supine. During the ULTT that places a bias towards testing the patient’s response to tension placed on the median nerve, the examiner sequentially introduces the following movements to the symptomatic upper extremity.
Shoulder abduction to approximately 90 degrees with the elbow flexed
Forearm supination, wrist and finger extension
Shoulder lateral rotation
Contralateral then ipsilateral cervical side-bending
What does a positive Cranial Cervical Flexion Test mean?
A Positive Cranial Cervical Flexion Test is indicated by the presence of any of the following findings:
Reproduction of all or part of the patient’s symptoms
Side-to-side differences of greater than 10 degrees of elbow or wrist extension
On the symptomatic side, contralateral cervical side-bending increases the patient’s symptoms, or ipsilateral side-bending decreases the patient’s symptoms