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Axial Cervical Compression Test

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Axial Cervical Compression Test

The Axial Cervical Compression test is performed to detect the presence of nerve root involvement in the cervical spine. This test is also known as the cervical compression test. The Axial Cervical Compression test should not be used if significant cervical injury is suspected.

With the patient in the seated position, place your hands on top of the patient’s head and gradually build a firm downward pressure to compress the cervical spine.

The test is considered positive if there is a reproduction or exacerbation of radicular symptoms which indicate nerve root compression. If the test only produces localized neck pain, involvement of the structures of the vertebral motion segments such as the facet joints should be considered.

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