Supported Forward Bend Test (Belt Test)

What is the Supported Forward Bend Test (Belt Test)?

The supported forward bend test is also known as the belt test. This test helps in differentiating lumbar pain and sacroiliac pain.

The procedure of Performing Supported Forward Bend test (Belt Test)

Step 1 – The patient is in a standing position.

Step 2 – The examiner stands behind the patient and asks the patient to bend or flex forward until the lumbosacral pain is felt. The patient then returns to the upright position.

Step 3 – The examiner again asks the patient to bend forward. The examiner, this time, supports the patient’s sacrum with his or her thigh and guides the movement by grasping both the ilium (pelvis immobilized).

Test Results of Supported Forward Bend Test

Forward bending movement requires normal function in the

How Supported Forward Bend Test will indicate a sacroiliac syndrome?

Pain in the unsupported (unguided) movement indicates a sacroiliac syndrome. And this pain will disappear or improve in supported movement with the pelvis immobilized. Let me explain this in simple terms.

Let’s understand each step of the procedure.

What is Step 2 – The examiner stands behind the patient and asks the patient to bend or flex forward until the lumbosacral pain is felt.

When the examiner performs this movement, and if the patient feels pain during this movement, then the examiner will note down this.

What is Step 3 – The examiner again asks the patient to bend forward. The examiner, this time, supports the patient’s sacrum with his or her thigh and guides the movement by grasping both the ilium (pelvis immobilized).

When the examiner again asks the patient to bend forward. This time the examiner supports the patient’s sacrum with his or her thigh and guides the movement by grasping both the ilium (pelvis immobilized). In this movement, if the pain disappears or improves, this will indicate a sacroiliac syndrome.

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How this test will indicate lumbar dysfunction?

Changes in the lumbar spine will produce pain in forward bending with or without support.

You May Also Read 

Sacroiliac Joint Tests

Springing Test

Gaenslen’s Test 

Standing Flexion Test/ Standing Forward Flexion Test 

Faber Test / Patrick’s Test

Cervical Tests 

Cervical Flexion Compression Test 

Jackson Compression Test 

Spurling Test

Cervical Distraction Test

O’Donoghue Test 

Soto Hall Test 

Maximum Compression of the Intervertebral Foramina Test of Cervical Spine

Some other Tests

Hyperextension Test of Lumbar Spine

Adam’s Forward Bend Test 

Noble Compression Test/Noble Test

Neer Test 

Resources

Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System: Examinations-Signs-Phenomena by K. Buckup

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