Chiropractors and health practitioners use a variety of diagnostic tests to help identify the specific nature of musculoskeletal injury or condition. Orthopedic tests aid to identify specific conditions and diagnosis.

This section has a variety of common orthopedic tests, how they are performed, what they indicate when positive and the potential diagnosis as a result. Corresponding codes for ICD9 and ICD10 are displayed for each test.

They are listed by body region as well as alphabetic list below.

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Head Shoulder Sacroiliac Hip and Thigh Knee Ankle Foot Cervical Spine Thoracic Spine Lumbosacral Spine Elbow and Forearm Wrist Hand
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Q-Angle Test

Orthopedic Test Q-Angle Test
Method The subject lies supine with the hips and knees extended. The examiner strikes a line from the ASIS to the midpoint of the patella, and from the tibial tubercle to the midpoint of the patella. A goniometer is placed on the knee such that the axis if over the midpoint of the patella, the proximal arm is over the line to the ASIS, and the distal arm is over the line to the tibial tubercle. The result angle is the Q-angle. Q-angle norms for males are 13 degrees and 18 degrees for females. Angles greater or less than these norms may be indicative of patellofemoral pathology.
Diagnosis Indication No Definitive Diagnosis