Purpose: To assess the contribution of proximal lower extremity muscle weakness to the patient's symptoms.
Test Position: Squatting position.
Performing the Test: Have the patient attempt to stand up right. A positive test is when the patient has to walk hands up the thighs to achieve erect position.
Diagnostic Accuracy: Unknown.
Importance of Test: With weakness of the hip and thigh muscles, one is not strong enough to stand upright without the assistance of the upper extremities. This may indicate a contribution from the lumbar spine due to the innervation of these muscles and decreased core motor control in patients with low back pain.
Note: tests should only be performed by a properly trained health care practitioner.