Neri’s Sign is observed with forward flexion of the lumbar spine and can indicate nerve root compression, sacroiliac joint/lumbar sprain/strain or hamstring contracture. Test is also know as Neri Bowstring Sign.
- Patient is standing
- Examiner instructs patient to flex forward in an attempt to touch toes
- Examiner observes patients for flexion at the knee
Positive Neri’s Sign
Knee flexion associated with spinal flexion & leg pain: Nerve root compression, SI/lumbar sprain/strain, hamstring contracture.
By flexing the knee with forward spinal flexion, the patient decreases sciatic and hamstring tension.