External Rotation Stress Test

External Rotation Stress Test is used to test the External rotators of the shoulder, specifically the infraspinatus and…
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 External Rotation Stress Test

What is External Rotation Stress Test?

  • External Rotation Stress Test is used to test the External rotators of the shoulder, specifically the infraspinatus and the teres minor
  • External Rotation Stress Test is used to test the External rotators of the shoulder, specifically the infraspinatus and the teres minor

How it's Performed?

  • With the patient’s arms by his or her side in neutral flexion and abduction,
  • the shoulders are externally rotated 45 to 60 degrees.
  • The examiner applies force against the dorsum of the  hands, attempting to rotate the shoulders internally back to neutral while the patient is asked to resist.

What does a positive External Rotation Stress Test mean?

  • External Rotation Stress Test is considered positive if there are Pain and weakness.
  • This suggests inflammation or tearing of the infraspinatus or the teres minor or both.

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 58 %
  • Specificity: 96 %


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