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Schober's Test

Aka: Schober's Test
  1. Indication: Evaluation of Lumbar Spine Range of Motion
    1. Ankylosing Spondylitis
  2. Technique
    1. Patient stands erect with normal Posture
    2. Identify level of posterosuperior iliac spine
      1. Mark midline at 5 cm below iliac spine
      2. Mark midline at 10 cm above iliac spine
    3. Patient bends at waist to full forward flexion
    4. Measure distance between 2 lines (started 15 cm apart)
  3. Interpretation
    1. Normal: distance between 2 lines increases to >20 cm
    2. Abnormal: distance does not increase to >20 cm
      1. Suggests decreased Lumbar Spine range of motion
      2. May suggest Ankylosing Spondylitis

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