Monday, September 24, 2012

Brachial Plexus Tension Test

Brachial Plexus Tension Test
Clinical Pearl
Although the brachial plexus tension test involves shoulder joint movement, it also provides maximum stretch on the brachial plexus, which affects the lower branches of the cervical spine (C5) the most. If this test is positive, the early stages of a C5 nerve root disorder may be present along with the subtle signs of a positive doorbell sign (pain that occurs at the superior scapulovertebral border and radiates with the use of deep palpation of the C5 segment) and pain in the deltoid area. The deltoid pain is often misconstrued as an articular problem of the shoulder.

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