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Am J Sports Med. 2005 Sep;33(9):1315-20. Epub 2005 Jul 7.

The resisted supination external rotation test: a new test for the diagnosis of superior labral anterior posterior lesions.

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Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, 3200 Downwood Circle, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30327, USA. tmyers12@bellsouth.net

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate a new clinical test, the resisted supination external rotation test, for the diagnosis of superior labral anterior posterior lesions of the shoulder.

STUDY DESIGN:

Cohort study (diagnosis); Level of evidence, 2.

METHODS:

Forty athletes (average age, 23.9 years) with activity-related shoulder pain were enrolled in the study. The patients underwent 3 different tests designed specifically to detect superior labral anterior posterior lesions (the resisted supination external rotation test, the crank test, and the active compression test); the tests were performed in a random order on the affected shoulder. The results of the tests were compared with arthroscopic findings.

RESULTS:

Out of 40 athletes, 29 (72.5%) had superior labral anterior posterior tears. The resisted supination external rotation test had the highest sensitivity (82.8%), specificity (81.8%), positive predictive value (92.3%), negative predictive value (64.3%), and diagnostic accuracy (82.5%) of all tests performed.

CONCLUSION:

By re-creating the peel-back mechanism, the resisted supination external rotation test is more accurate than 2 other commonly used physical examination tests designed to diagnose superior labral anterior posterior tears in overhead-throwing athletes. By using this test in the context of a thorough clinical history and physical examination, lesions of the superior labrum can be more reliably diagnosed.

PMID:
16002494
DOI:
10.1177/0363546504273050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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