Dural Adhesion Slump Test


Slump Test is often used to produce symptoms of radiculopathy/disc herniation in patients with lower back pain.


Seated patient is instructed to slump forward, examiner extends one knee & may apply gentle overpressure to increase spinal flexion.


Reproduction of symptoms/leg pain Nerve root tension (shooting or electrical pain), radiculopathy, disc herniation, space-occupying lesion, osteophyte
Local lumbosacral pain Lumbosacral sprain/strain

Clinical Notes

To further increase potential nerve root pressure examiner may instruct patient to bear down (Valsalva – increasing intra-abdominal pressure) & extend/dorsiflex the patient’s toes & ankle.