Erector Spinae Special Tests

Erector Spinae Strength Test

To do:

With the client prone, the therapist gets them to segmentally extend their spine

The therapist applies downward pressure at the level of the upper, middle and lower back if the client can stay in those positions

Positive Sign:

The client is unable to hold the position against gravity or the therapists force

Erector Spinae Length Test

To do:

With the client standing, the therapist asks them to slowly flex forward

Positive Sign:

Restricted range of motion

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