Totally RAD(iculopathy)

Clinical Prediction Rules can can be pretty useful tools (when used with a great subjective history and physical exam of course)

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Take the CPR for Cervical Radiculopathy for instance (visit physiopedia for some videos)

If a patient is presenting with 3 out of these four signs there is a 94% specificity, and goes up to 99% with all four:

1) Cervical Rotation <60*

2) + Spurling’s Test

3) + Distraction Test

4) + Upper Limb Tension Test

Now that is some tasty specificity……

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