Subclavius Special Tests

Adson’s Test

To do:

With client seated, the therapist passively extends and slightly externally rotates their affected arm.

The therapist monitors the client’s radial pulse.

Next, the therapist gets the client to rotate their head towards the affected side, while slightly elevating their chin.

The client then takes a deep breath and hold for 15— 30 seconds.

Positive sign: 

Clients symptoms re-occur or the radial pulse goes away 


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