Spinal Extension Clearance

Spinal Extension Clearance

Instructions

Preparation

Lie prone and place hands palms down under shoulders.

Execution

Keeping legs on floor, push torso up off of floor as much as possible by extending arms.

Comments

This test is part of Functional Movement Screening (FMS), performed after Trunk Stability Pushup for spinal extension clearance.

Assesses

Identifies pain during spinal flexion as a provocation sign for spinal dysfunction. According instructions of noting any pain associated with movement, it technically also may detect orthopedic disfunction in following position:

  • Spinal Extension
  • Hip Extension
  • Scapula Elevation
  • Elbow Extension
  • Wrist Hyperextension

Scoring

If pain is felt during this movement, score 0 for Trunk Stability Pushup and refer out for orthopedic evaluation.

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