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  • Cervical Spine
    • Spurling's Test
    • Distraction
    • Quandrant
    • Tinels' Sign
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    • Sagittal Plane ROM Test
    • Frontal Plane ROM Test
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    • Sciatic Nerve Palpation Test
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    • Slump Test
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      Impingement Test
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    • Load & Shift Test
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      Stability Test
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      (Horizontal Adduction) Test
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      Integrity Test
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  • Elbow & Radioulnar
    • Valgus Test 00
    • Valgus Test 300
    • Valgus Test 900
    • Miking Sig
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       Stress Test
    • Varus Test 00
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    • Tinel Sign
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  • Wrist
    • Finkelstein's Test
    • Anatomical Snuff Box
      Compression Test
    • Phalen's Test or Wrist Press 
    • Tinel Sign
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    • Murphy's Signr
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      Ligament Stress Test
    • MCP Ulnar Collateral 
      Ligament Stress Test
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      Ligament Stress Test
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      Ligament Stress Test
    • DIP Radial Collateral 
      Ligament Stress Test
    • DIP Ulnar Collateral 
      Ligament Stress Test
    • Bunnel-Littler Test
    • Retinacular Test
    • Allen Test
  • Sacroiliac Joint
    • Ipsilateral Prone Kinetic Test
    • FABER Test
    • Passive Extension & Internal 
      Rotation of Ilium on Sacrum
    • Passive Flexion & External 
      Rotation of Ilium on Sacrum
    • Passive External Rotation 
      of Hip
    • Pelvic Rocking Test
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      Sacroiliac Rocking Test
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      Pubic Stress Test
    • Piedallu's Sign
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    • Yeoman's Test
    • Sit-up Test
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    • Scouring (Quandrant) Test
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    • Trendelenburg Test
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    • Hamstring Contracture Test 1
    • Tripod Test
    • 90-90 Straight Leg Test
    • Phelp's Test
  • Knee
    • Gravity Sign
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      Drawer Test
    • Posterolateral Drawer Test
    • Lachman
      • Tradiional
      • Thigh Assisted
      • Drop Leg
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      • Table End
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      • Active
    • Posterolateral Drawer Test
    • Figure 4 Palpation
    • McMurray's Test
    • Apley's Grind Test
    • Lateral Compression Test
    • Medial Compression Test
    • Jerk Test of Hughston
    • Pivot Shift Test
    • External Rotation 
      Recurvatum Test
  • Lower Leg
  • Ankle
  • Foot
    • Morton Test
  • Range of Motion
  • Goniometry
  • Manual Muscle Testing
  • Reflexes
  • Vital Signs
  • Body Composition


Homans' Sign

Examination type Vascular
Patient & Body Segment Positioning The patient should be short sitting on the table. The patients knee needs to go into extension and the foot go into dorsiflexion.
Examiner Position The examiner will be standing in front of the patient.
Tissues Being Tested The muscles in the lower leg will push on the veins, so the veins are being stressed secondary to the stress applied to the muscles around them.
Performing the Test In performing this test the patient will need to actively extend his knee. Once the knee is extended the examiner will then passively dorsiflex the patients foot. After the foot is dorsiflexed the examiner will then reach around with his free hand and palpate the belly of the calf in between the two heads of the gastrocnemius and ask the patient about tenderness.
Positive Test When deep pain is enlisted with doriflexion and palpation.
Interpretation A positive Homansí Sign test means that the patient has deep vein Thrombophlebitis.
Common errors in performing exam One error that may occur is that the examiner will not dorsiflex the patientís foot enough to get a correct interpretation. The knee of the patient must also be in full extension. T
Factors possibly resulting in misinterpretation If the patient does not know the difference between pain and a stretch. When the knee is extended and the foot dorsiflexed there will be a stretching of the calf muscle. If the patient does not know the difference between pain and a good stretch this could lead to a misinterpretation. There could also be a bruise on the back of the leg that could led to some misinterpretation
Related tests There are no related tests to the Homansí Sign

Magee, David J, Orthopedic Physical Assessment

Hoppenfield, Stanley, Physical Examination of the Spine Extremities.