Neurodynamic assessment : slump test

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A neurodynamic assessment evaluates the length and mobility of various components of the nervous system. They are performed by the therapist placing progressively more tension on the component of the nervous system that is being tested and are divided into upper and lower limb tests.

Femoral slump test is a neurodynamic testing, which could be used to assess the mechanosensitivity of the femoral component of the nervous system.

Like other neural tension tests, the test may indicate if a patient is experiencing symptoms related to nerves adhering to various tissues while travelling throughout the body. The patient may experience stretching, pain, or other neurological sensation in the area of adhesions. Another use for the test is detecting lumbar disc herniations. With the flexed lumbar spine and hip completed simultaneously with the extended LE, the sciatic nerve and its respective nerve roots are put on tension to detect the potential of a disc herniation. The results of the test should be interpreted based on the patient’s pain/symptoms for which they are seeking treatment.

youtube video: SLUMP Test, a neurodynamic assessment

 

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