Posterior Shear Test

Posted by NAIOMT on Feb 19, 2020 8:03:47 PM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT's Angela Gordon demonstrates a posterior shear test, which can be used to check for ligamentous instability.

The patient is asked to gently push into the table while the PT blocks the inferior vertebrae and feels for the superior vertebrae to slide backward. Over pressure can be applied to further assess ligamentous integrity. In a normal spine there should be little mobility here. You can compare various segments to determine where there is excessive mobility.

To learn this and much more, join Angela for Lumbopelvic Spine II in Chicago, IL in April. 

NAIOMT courses are designed to help you apply effective techniques and skills in the clinic right away, but when taken as a series, our program guides you to a whole new level of listening, thinking, reasoning, and treating. And growing as a clinician means helping more tough-to-treat patients, and increased confidence and career satisfaction.

Browse our full course schedule of continuing ed opportunities or join us for one of our upcoming Lumbopelvic Spine sessions, which can be taken in any order convenient to you:



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Topics: lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy, NAIOMT, Manual Therapy Videos, sacro-iliac joint

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