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8* Resisted Abduction



·  stabilize the pelvis at the contralateral side

·  abduct the arm slightly and take hold of the lateral side of the elbow;

·  resist the the attempt to abduct the arm


·  Adopt a good starting position so the force exerted by the patient can easily be resisted.

·  All contractile structures of the rotator cuff have also a stabilizing function on the scapulohumeral joint. It may therefore be possible that they are active during other movements than those exerted by their primary function which, consequently, may result in a slightly erroneous picture. (see: help - examination)

·  Sometimes the resisted movements indirectly provoke non-contractile (inert) structures. This is called "transmitted stress" and may be another source of possible errors during the interpretation.

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