Brachial Plexus Compression Test
Physical Assessment | Spinal Orthopaedics | Cerival Spine
Brachial Plexus Compression Test is used to differentiate between radicular pain as a result of nerve root compression (or thoracic outlet Syndrome) and local cervical strain or sprain. The compression test is a provocative test, designed to compresses the brachial plexus.
Patient seated, examiner applies compressive force over the brachial plexus (squeeze brachial plexus between fingers & thumb) for a duration of 10 seconds
Positive Radicular symptoms = Nerve root compression, thoracic outlet Syndrome, anterior scalene syndrome
Positive Local pain or discomfort = Cervical strain/sprain