Phalen's Test for Lumbar Stenosis
- this test attempts to reproduce symptoms of leg pain, weakness, or numbness by causing neural ischemia;
- w/ patient upright, bend the patient into extension for a full minute;
- this should accentuate the Spinal Stenosis;
- positive test will produce a crescendo of leg symptoms followed by rapid relief of these symptoms when pt flexes forward, places his
hands on examination table, and places one foot on a stool
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 4:11 pm