Assessing Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds
As a general rule, we apply the Slump test as a follow up to the Straight Leg Raise test. We do not use the Slump test as the "go to" test when assessing sciatic pain. We will invariably start with the straight leg raise.
Where a straight leg raise evokes a positive response, do not continue to the Slump test. Please see the video above for details.
Slump test is easy to apply and is a simple way to put the sciatic nerve under gradually increasing tension to look for possible entrapment sites.
Start with the client in a seated position with their chin down towards their chest. Slowly extend the lower leg at the knee. Simple!
The Slump test can be usefully applied as a "before and after assessment" to see how effective the treatment has been.
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