- straight leg raising, by itself, can produce pain from a variety of sources, including myogenic pain, ischial burisitis, annular tear, and
hamstring tightness, as well as herniated disc;
- the critical distinction is made by the sciatic stretch test;
- this test is performed after a straight leg raising test by lowering the affecting leg a few degrees below the point ...
- popliteal compression:
- applying compression to the popliteal fossa helps tethether the sciatic nerve and should help provoce symptoms with a lesser
degree of a SLR (removing hamstring irritation as a cause of symptoms);
- reverse sciatic tension test;
- performed by plantar flexing rather than dorsiflexing the foot;
- if this results in increased complaints of pain, then pt is malingerer
Straight leg raising test versus radiologic size, shape, and position of lumbar disc hernias.