Straight-Leg Test for Evaluating Low Back Pain
For a straight-leg test for low back pain, you lie on your back with
both legs straight. Your health professional raises one of your legs upward,
keeping the knee straight.
- If you have pain down the back of your leg below
the knee when your leg is raised, the test is positive
- If doing this test on the unaffected leg causes pain in
the affected leg, it is more likely that you have a
herniated disc. This is known as crossover
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 04, 2010
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