Spurling's manoeuvre and sign

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Axial compression of the spine and rotation to the ipsilateral side of symptoms reproduces/worsens cervical radiculopathy.

Description

This is a common manoeuvre performed by neurosurgeons. Axial compression of the spine and rotation to the ipsilateral side of symptoms reproduces/worsens cervical radiculopathy. Pain to the side of rotation is usually indicative of foraminal stenosis and nerve root irritation.

We thank Keith R. Lodhia, MD, MS, for calling our attention to this eponym.

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