Is Slump Test Relevant in Today’s Clinic And Hospital

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Slump test is Basically , a neurodynamic test .

A neural tension test for ruling out Sciatica Or any dural irritation.

A Positive Homan’s Sign is the presence of other clinical signs and indicators Of DVT.

It is a fast clinical test to diagnose Sciatica.

Other tests are also available for the integrity and ruling out Sciatica.

Technique for Slump Test:-

Check the alignment of

  • pelvis
  • hip
  • ankle
  • knee

The technique done is very basic.

In this the patient is asked to sit in a high sitting position.

Asked to keep both the hands backside in internal rotation.

Then flex his / her thoracic and lumbar region to flex .

See if there is pain or not.

Ask the patient to actively extend the knee and ask if there is any irritation or pain .

If not ,then passively dorsiflex the ankle and even if the pain does not arises ,

Then flex the chin uptill the chest.

Purpose of Slump Test ?

The purpose of this test ,to find out the problem in neural structures , dural irritation and mainly sciatica.

Evidence of SLUMP Test?

The sensitivity ranges from 44%-84% and has a specificity of 58%-83%.

The evidence of Slump test is that there are basically 2 studies.

Based on Stankovic et al showed that the sensitivity of the test was poor.

And Specificity was slightly better according to him .

According to Majlesi et al , he also reported same sensitivity .

But a higher specificity for this test.

For more accurate MRI is preferred.

Precautions of this test :-

So this Slump test have alot of dangers.

If the vertebral foramen or even the neural structures can be compressed and cause problems as well.

Relevancy of this test?

Very little evidence has been found for this test.

So basically, the crux is that research and reports suggested that this test is not that much relevant.

But there mechanism Is not completely clear .

So all the articles suggested that this slump test is not relevant but more further studies are required to prove its relevancy.

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