Resisted AC Joint Extension Test
Original Editor - Evan Thomas
Resisted AC Joint Extension Test (or the AC Resisted Extension Test) is used to help identify acromioclavicular joint pathology in both traumatic and non-traumatic/chronic overuse cases, and can be useful in helping differentiate between AC joint and impingement syndromes.
- The patient is seated with the therapist standing behind him/her
- The patient's shoulder is positioned into 90 flexion and internal rotation, with the placed into 90 flexion
- The therapist places his/her hand on the patient's elbow and asks him/her to horizontally abduct the arm against isometric resistance
- A positive test is pain at the AC joint
|Positive Predictive Value (%)||20|
|Negative Predictive Value (%)||98|
Test Item Cluster:
This test can be combined with the Cross Body Adduction Test and O'Brien's Active Compression Test as part of a cluster.
|Sensitivity (%)||Specificity (%)||Positive Predictive Value (%)||Negative Predictive Value (%)|
|Positive in 3/3||25||97||31||96|
|Positive in 2/3||81||89||28||99|
|Positive in 1/3||0||74||17||100|
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- Resisted AC Joint Extension Test from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHdZQnV0KhU. Last accessed April 1, 2016.
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