The FABER test (abbreviated for Flexion, ABduction and External Rotation test) and also some called the Patrick test) is a clinical test done to assess for pathology in the pathology of the hip joint or the sacroiliac joint
It is done by having the leg flexed and thigh abducted and externally rotated with the patient lying supine. The knee and hip are flexed to 90 degrees and the foot of the examined extremity is placed on top of the opposite knee (“figure 4” position). The thigh is then gradually abducted and externally rotated toward the examining table
- pain is elicited anteriorly on the ipsilateral side often could suggest a hip joint disorder
- pain is elicited posteriorly on the ipsilateral side around the sacroiliac joint could suggest pathology in the sacroiliac joint.
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