Indications:

Rockwood test is a shoulder examination used to indicate anterior instability.

Procedure:

  1. Patient seated with humerus (GH joint) externally rotated.
  2. Examiner passively abducts patients arm 45°, 90° & 120°, examiner may apply gentle P→A force on shoulder.
Rockwood test for shoulder

Patient seated with humerus (GH joint) externally rotated. Examiner passively abducts patients arm 45°, 90° & 120°, examiner may apply gentle P→A force on shoulder.

Interpretation:

Positive Apprehension → Glenohumeral instability
Positive Pain → Impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis

Clinical notes:

Test is a variation of the anterior apprehension test.