What is the hyperextension test of the lumbar spine?
The hyperextension of the lumbar spine indicates or pinpoints lumbar spine syndrome.
The procedure of Performing a hyper extension test of the lumbar spine
This test is performed by two methods. One is the active hyperextension method, and the other is the passive hyperextension and rotation method.
Position of the Patient – The patient lies in a prone position.
First, let me explain to you the active hyperextension method.
Active hyperextension (by own) method
The examiner or therapist immobilizes both the legs of the patient and asks the patient to raise his or her torso. Torso means the major part of the body that contains the back, pelvis, abdomen, and chest.
Passive (by examiner’s help) Hyperextension and Rotation method
- In this method, the examiner or therapist passively extends the patient’s spine and adds a rotational movement.
- The examiner’s other hand rests on the patient’s lumbar spine. As it is used to assess both the mobility in the lumbar spine and the level of the painful site.
Test Results of the hyperextension test of the lumbar spine
The test result of the Active hyperextension method
When segmental dysfunction is present in the lumbar spine, active extension (by own) of the lumbar spine will elicit or increase pain.
The test result of the Passive hyperextension and Rotation method
The passive extension with an additional rotational movement allows the examiner to assess diminished regional or segmental mobility.
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My self Ritvik Verma and I am a Physiotherapist and the founder of www.physio-study.com. I completed my bachelor’s of physiotherapy from Integral University Lucknow and an internship at KMC Hospital Meerut.
Then I worked in the Physiotherapy Department of Lovee Shubh Hospital (Lucknow) for one year. Then I joined Holistic Touch Physical Therapy & Wellness Clinic and worked there for more than six months.
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