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Published on Dec 2, 2008
Bowstring Test is an orthopedic test used to help diagnose sciatic nerve injury. The test is performed by placing the sciatic nerve on a stretch via straight leg raise and then relieving the pressure by flexing the knee followed by the application of pressue into the popliteal space. A positive test is pain with pressure. The verbal description for this test was taken from Clinical Skills Documentation Guide for Athletic Training by Amato et al