Bradard’s Sign usually follows a Straight Leg Raise (SLR) to confirm radiculopathy, nerve root tension, nerve compression (sciatica).


  1. Test should follow a Straight Leg Raise
  2. Patient supine, affected leg is lowered to angle just below the production of pain, examiner then dorsiflexes the foot.


Leg pain or reproduction of SLR test symptoms Radiculopathy, interventricular foramen encroachment, space-occupying lesion, nerve root tension, sciatica
Local back or hamstring pain or calf pain Sprain/strain

Clinical Notes

Dorsiflexion of the foot may increase sciatic nerve root tension resulting in radicular symptoms.