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Special Tests of the Lower Extremity


Updated September 12, 2006

The Ober's test is done to assess tightness of the iliotibial band and the tensor fascia lata.
The test is performed as follows:
Place the patient in the side lying position on a table with the side to be tested up
Extend and abduct the hip joint
Attempt to lower (adduct) the leg down toward the table and release it
A positive test is found if the leg remains in the abducted position.
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