Indications:

Faegan’s test is a shoulder examination used to indicate glenohumeral instability.

Procedure:

  1. Patient seated, shoulder abducted 90° with palm facing down & wrist resting on examiner’s shoulder; seated examiner applies downward pressure on patient’s arm near humeral head..
Faegans test for shoulder

Patient seated, shoulder abducted 90° with palm facing down & wrist resting on examiner’s shoulder; seated examiner applies downward pressure on patient’s arm near humeral head..

Interpretation:

Positive “Clunk” or excessive inferior translation → Inferior or multidirectional glenohumeral instability.

Positive Local pain → rotator cuff ligament/tendon damage.

Clinical notes:

A palpable click or clunk may be noted as the humerus subluxates in & out of the glenoid fossa.