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Titre du document / Document title

The posterior impingement sign: Diagnosis of rotator cuff and posterior labral tears secondary to internal impingement in overhand athletes

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

MEISTER Keith ; BUCKLEY Bernadette ; BATTS Joel ;

Résumé / Abstract

We conducted this study to determine whether a test, the posterior impingement maneuver, could be used to prospectively identity articular side tears of the rotator cuff and/or posterior labrum. Sixty-nine athletes presented with posterior shoulder pain that developed during overhand athletics. Injured shoulders were placed into 90° to 110° of abduction, slight extension, and maximum external rotation, and an effort was made to elicit pain deep within the posterior aspect. Overall sensitivity of the test was 75.5%, and specificity was 85%. When only athletes with noncontact injuries (gradual onset of pain) were considered, sensitivity was 95% and specificity was 100%. A positive posterior impingement sign correlated highly with undersurface tearing of the rotator cuff and/or tearing of the posterior labrum in athletes with gradual onset of posterior shoulder pain during overhand athletics.

Revue / Journal Title

The American journal of orthopedics    ISSN  1078-4519 

Source / Source

2004, vol. 33, no8, pp. 412-415 [4 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

Quadrant Healthcom, Parsippany, NJ, ETATS-UNIS  (1995) (Revue)

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16574, 35400011391530.0090

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 16003008

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