Bakody’s Sign

Bakody’s Sign is used to assess for cervical radiculopathy especially at the levels of C4-C6. Test is similar to Shoulder Abduction Test.


Procedure:

  1. Patient actively places hand on top of head or clinician passively, place the patient’s hand on top of his/her head.
  2. Reduction in pain is a passive test.
Baked Test for cervical nerve radiculopathy

Patient actively places hand on top of head or clinician passively, place the patient’s hand on top of his/her head.

Interpretation:

Positive Bakody’s Sign

Reduction of symptoms: by reducing tension on cervical nerve root, Nerve tension or cervical radiculopathy.

Clinical notes:

Patients with radicular conditions may present in this position as it is an antalgic (pain-relieving) posture.