In this video I'm going to demonstrate
the Apprehension Test for shoulder instability.
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The Apprehension Test is used in the assessment for shoulder instability.
Hedgedus et. al from year 2012,
rate its sensitivity at 66% and the specificity at 95%.
Cools et. al include the Apprehension Test
in their shoulder impingement assessment algorithm.
But they are primarily looking at the location of the pain
that is elicited during this test.
If the patient has anterior shoulder pain
this gives an indication of a subacromial impingement.
Whereas, posterior shoulder pain during the Apprehension Test
gives an indication of an internal posterosuperior glenoid impingement.
To conduct the Apprehension Test
Have your patient in supine line position.
Then abduct the arm to 90 degrees
And add maximal external rotation in the glenohumeral joint.
A positive test is pain or the fear of luxation.
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The Apprehension Test is always used in combination
with two other tests, which are
the Relocation Test
and the Release Test.
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