Bakody’s Sign is used to assess for cervical radiculopathy especially at the levels of C4-C6. Test is similar to Shoulder Abduction Test.
- Patient actively places hand on top of head or clinician passively, place the patient’s hand on top of his/her head.
- Reduction in pain is a passive test.
Positive Bakody’s Sign
Reduction of symptoms: by reducing tension on cervical nerve root, Nerve tension or cervical radiculopathy.
Patients with radicular conditions may present in this position as it is an antalgic (pain-relieving) posture.