What is the apprehension test for the evaluation of rotator cuff injuries and how is it performed?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Abduct the arm 90° and fully externally rotate, while placing anteriorly directed force on the posterior humeral head from behind.

The patient becomes apprehensive and resists further motion if chronic anterior instability is present.


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