Range of Motion: Femoral Nerve Tension Test

range of motion Aug 27, 2023


  1. Much like the Prone Knee Flexion test, have the client adopt a prone position, face down on a massage table or mat.
  2. Ask the client to flex one knee up, with their heel directly over their knee.
  3. Holding the top of the smart device into a bony surface of the tibia, instruct the client to flex their knee, bring their heel toward their glute as far as they can go until the pelvis starts to rise up off the surface.
  4. Assist the client to achieve extra range of motion, either to the point of which any pain starts to occur or where they cannot physically flex any further.
  5. Once the end point is achieved, hit the pause/play, followed by the save button to view and record the results.



  1. Anloague PA, Chorny WS, Childs KE, Frankovich M, Graham C, et al. (2015) The Relationship between Femoral Nerve Tension and Hip Flexor Muscle Length. J Nov Physiother 5: 244. doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000244
  2. Christodoulides, A.N., 1989. Ipsilateral sciatica on femoral nerve stretch test is pathognomonic of an L4/5 disc protrusion. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume71(1), pp.88-89.
  3. O'Brien, J., Haines, C., Dooley, Z.A., Turner, A.W. and Jackson, D., 2014. Femoral nerve strain at L4–L5 is minimized by hip flexion and increased by table break when performing lateral interbody fusion. Spine39(1), pp.33-38.

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