Posterior Drawer Test of the shoulder

 Posterior Drawer Test of the shoulder

What is Posterior Drawer Test of the shoulder?

How it’s Performed?

What does a positive Posterior Drawer Test of the shoulder mean?


The examination may also be performed with the patient seated. With the patient in a relaxed posture bending slightly forward with the arm hanging alongside the trunk, the examiner places his or her thumb on the patient’s scapular spine or posterior glenoid and grasps the humeral head anteriorly. Applying rotation and pressure with the fingers will provoke posterior subluxation of the head where there is sufficient laxity in the capsular ligaments.

In posterior instability, the humeral head can be posteriorly displaced by one-half its diameter.


  1. C Gerber, R Ganz. Clinical assessment of instability of the shoulder. With special reference to anterior and posterior drawer tests. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1984 Aug;66(4):551-6. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.66B4.6746691. PMID: 6746691.
  2. Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System, Third Edition
  3. Millers Review of Orthopaedics, 7th Edition
  4. Campbel’s Operative Orthopaedics 13th Book

Share with Friends:

Read Also:

Related Tests

Rent Test | Transdeltoid Palpation

The Rent Test (or Transdeltoid Palpation test) is used to diagnosis the full thickness tear of the shoulder…

Wright Test

Wright Test is used for Thoracic outlet syndrome, it's done by passively externally rotate and abduct the patient’s…

Sulcus Sign

Sulcus Sign is used to detect inferior instability due to a laxity of the superior glenohumeral and coracohumeral…

See Also:

Latest from Orthofixar

Distal Radius Fractures

Distal Radius Fractures is the most common fracture encountered by orthopedic trauma surgeons accounting for 17.5% of all…

Kohler’s Disease

Kohler's Disease (or Osteochondrosis of the tarsal navicular) is an avascular necrosis of the navicular bone of the…

Dupuytren Contracture

Dupuytren contracture is a painless, but progressive flexion contracture of the fingers caused by a benign fibroproliferative disorder.

Mortons Neuroma Symptoms and Treatment

Mortons Neuroma is a compressive neuropathy of the interdigital nerve, usually between the third and fourth metatarsals.

Special Tests App

Special Test Application
Special Test Application