Jobes Relocation Test

Original Editor - Tyler Shultz

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The purpose of the Jobes Relocation Test is to test for anterior instability of the glenohumeral joint.


This test is extremely similar in nature to the Apprehension test, and is often administered after the Apprehension test produces a positive result.  The patient is positioned supine, with the elbow flexed to 90 degrees and abducted to 90 degrees.  The therapist then applies an external rotation force to the shoulder, if the patient reports apprehension in any way, the apprehension test is considered to be positive.  At this point, the therapist may apply a posteriorly directed force to the shoulder - if the patient's apprehension or pain is reduced in this position, the Jobes Relocation test is considered to be positive[1].  It is important to note that the therapist should always release the relocation force before releasing the patient back into neutral rotation for risk of shoulder dislocation.


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  1. Dutton, M. (2008). Orthopaedic: Examination, evaluation, and intervention (2nd ed.). New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.