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Drop Arm Test  - Codman’s Test

The Drop Arm Test  or Codman’s Test is uses to assess rotator cuff tears, specifically of the supraspinatus tendon.

To perform the test :

  • The therapist abducts the patient’s shoulder to 90° and then asks the patient to slowly lower the arm to the side in the same arc of movement.
  • A positive test is indicated by inability to return the arm to the side slowly or the patient has severe pain when attempting to do so.
  • A positive result indicates a tear in the rotator cuff complex.