Kemp test

Last revised by Henry Knipe on 8 Nov 2021

The Kemp test (also known as the quadrant test and extension-rotation test) is a provocative test on clinical examination that has been described as being useful for diagnosing pain related to facet joint pathology, e.g. arthropathy but is of limited diagnostic accuracy 1. The patient performs combined extension and rotation of the spine. It can be used for the cervical spine or the lumbar spine. The test is considered positive when the patient reports pain, numbness or tingling in the area concerned.

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