drop arm test

Last reviewed 01/2018

Drop arm test:

  • in this test the examiner will raise the arm 90º out to the side and have you hold the arm in that position
  • patient slowly lowers arm
  • signs of Rotator Cuff Tear
    • the arm drops to side quickly and not smoothly
    • a gently applied pressure to the abducted arm may force arm to give way