The elevated arms stress test is an orthopaedic procedure used to identify signs and symptoms associated with thoracic outlet syndrome.
Instruct your patient to raise their arms over their head and for three minutes actively open and close their hands.
Test findings: Positive & negative
Â A reproduction and/or aggravation in symptoms is accepted as a positive. A negative would be for there to be no change in the patients’ symptoms.
As with many other orthopaedic assessments, the elevated arms test can provide the examiner with false positives and isn’t completely accurate. The examiner must therefore rely on a wider clinical picture, accurate case history taking, other complementary tests/examinations and good clinical reasoning.