Supraspinatus Special Tests

Empty Can Test

To do:

With the client seated,

The client actively abducts their arm to 90 degrees.

The client then adducts their humerus 30 degrees.

The client then internally rotates their humerus.

The therapist applies pressure in the adduction direction, as the client resists

Positive Sign:

Pain or weakness along the supraspinatus

Drop Arm Test

To do:

With the client seated, the client abducts their arm to 90 degrees and keeps it in that poisition.

The client then slowly adducts their arm.

Positive Sign:

Pain or the client can’t slowly and smoothly adduct their arm back to the side. 

Hawkin’s Kennedy Impingement Test

To do:

With the client seated,

The client flexes their arm to 90 degrees then internally rotates their humerus.

Positive sign:

Pain at Acromion

Neer’s Impingement Test

To do:

With the client seated, the therapist flexes the clients humerus through its full range

Positive sign:

Pain in the Acromion area.

Painful Arc Test

To do:

The client actively and slowly abducts their humerus through it’s entire range

Positive sign:

Pain in the Acromion starting at 70 degree abduction and easing after 130 degrees abduction 

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