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Definition: 'Spurling Test'

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Spurling test

Type: Term

Pronunciation: spŭr′ling

Definitions:
1. evaluation for cervical nerve root impingement in which the patient extends the neck and rotates and laterally bends the head toward the symptomatic side; an axial compression force is then applied by the examiner through the top of the patient's head; the test is considered positive when the maneuver elicits the typical radicular arm pain.



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