Indications:

Rowe test is a shoulder examination used to determine anterior instability.

Procedure:

  1. Seated patient places affected extremity hand behind head; examiner pushes P→A against humeral head while pulling back on the elbow.
Rowe test for shoulder

Seated patient places affected extremity hand behind head; examiner pushes P→A against humeral head while pulling back on the elbow.

Interpretation:

Positive Apprehension or increased motion → Anterior 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.