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The Slump Test is designed to detect tension in the neuromeningeal tract via the combined movements of the spine and lower extremity. This test is typically used for a suspected lumbar disc herniation causing radiculopathy but it can be used for suspected lesions throughout the spine.
This test is performed in several stages that involve placing the patient in a series of positions to gradually and progressively stretch the neural structures. At each stage of the test, stop, and ask the patient if there is a reproduction or exacerbation of their symptoms. If so, this would constitute a positive result and no further testing is required.
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