Posterior Load and Shift

Posterior Load and Shift is used to test for Posterior Instability
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 Posterior Load and Shift

What is Posterior Load and Shift?

  • Posterior Load and Shift is used to test for Posterior Instability

How it's Performed?

  • lie the patient supine with the shoulder in 40-60 degrees of abduction and 90 degrees of forward elevation.
  • Load the humerus with an axial load and apply anterior/posterior forces to the humeral head.
  • Compare the amount of translation with the contralateral side

What does a positive Posterior Load and Shift mean?

  • positive if there is increased translation compared to contralateral side

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