FAIR Test

by admin on January 30, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I hope this post finds you well. If you’re looking to confirm the piriformis as a cause of sciatic nerve compression, the FAIR Test is for you. With your patient in a side-lying position, simply (F)lex-(A)dduct-(I)nternally (R)otate the affected lower extremity to the position pictured below. Sensitivity of 88% and Specificity of 83% makes this test a keeper for me. I suggest the limb be flexed no higher than 60 degrees. This will help maintain the piriformis’ function as external rotator and subsequently stretch it during internal rotation.

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Scott Lindsay January 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Another great tip Mark! I appreciate the reminder to not flex more than 60 degrees. I will be using this test later this week. I have the perfect subject!

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renee Lemieux January 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Hi Mark,

Thank you for reviewing the FAIR test with us.
Hope all is well with you.
Renee

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Craig March 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

This is my first time on this website and I have found the resources and posts very helpful. Thank you!

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