Name of test

Patrick’s test

What it tests

Sacroiliac joint function in patients with lower back pain

How to do it

  • Place the patient in the supine position.
  • Flex the knee on the patient’s affected side at a 90-degree angle and rest the foot on the unaffected knee.
  • Hold the pelvis firmly against the examination table, and then press the affected-side knee toward the table.
    • This maneuver will provide external rotation of the leg at the hip joint

Video: Patrick’s test (FABER test)

The normal response

No pain at the hip or sacroiliac joint

What it means if not normal

Pathology of the hip or sacrum, such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, arthritis, hip disease


  • Test cannot be performed in patients with restriced abduction
  • Also know as FABER test: Flexion, ABduction, External Rotation



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