Indications:

Dawbarn’s Sign test is a shoulder examination used to determine subacromial bursitis.

Procedure:

  1. Patient seated, examiner palpates anterior to the acromion & observes patient, then examiner passively abducts patient shoulder to 90°.
Dawbarn's sign test for shoulder

Patient seated, examiner palpates anterior to the acromion & observes patient, then examiner passively abducts patient shoulder to 90°.

Interpretation:

Positive Pain with palpation that disapperas after the shoulder is abducted 90° → subacromial bursitis.

Clinical notes:

Examiner observes patient during initial palpation for signs of discomfort that disapper after shoulder abduction.