Gaenslen’s Test

Orthopedic Exam / Special Tests for Physical Therapy: HIP Tests / PELVIS Tests

Special Test: Gaenslen’s Test


  • To test for Hip or Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. 

Gaenslen’s Test, aka Gaenslen’s Maneuver, is a medical test used to detect musculoskeletal abnormalities and primary-chronic inflammation of the lumbar vertebrae and sacroiliac joint. This test is often used to test for spondyloarthritis, sciatica, or other forms of rheumatism, and is often performed during checkup visits in patients who have been diagnosed with one of the former disorders.

Video Demo Instructions, Procedure, Positive Test:

Special Test: Gaenslen’s Test:  Video Demo (Procedure below)


Special Test: Gaenslens Test/ Gaenslens Maneuver: PROCEDURE:

  •  Patient is sidelying on the unaffected side
  •  Patient flexes the hip and knee of the unaffected leg towards their chest
  •  Therapist is behind the client, stabilizes client’s pelvis with onehand
  •  Therapist hyperextends the client’s affected leg at the hip

Special Test: Gaenslen’s Test/ Gaenslens Maneuver: POSITIVE SIGN:

  • Pain in the hip and Si joint area