Protzman test is a shoulder examination used to test for anterior instability.
- Patient seated, examiner abdctd patient’s arm to 90° & supports arm against examiner’s hip (relaxing the patient’s shoulder muscles).
- Examiner palpates anterior & posterior glenohumeral joint with each hand & attempts to push head anteriorly with the posterior hand.
Positive Apprehension or increased motion → Anterior glenohumeral instability
Clicking or crepitus may be noted (audible or palpated) as the humeral head slides over the glenoid labrum.