Test Overview

In the Kemp's Test, the patient is standing with their arms folded across their anterior torso and their hands resting on opposite shoulders. The patient is then asked to bend obliquely backwards as if to look down behind themselves. The test is positive for swollen joints in the back if pain is reported to be elicited when turning leftward or rightward [Gear2009].

Test Indications


Unless specifically noted above, references used in the construction of this web page include the following:

[FDM] Lecture notes from Functional Medicine University.

[SCNM] Lecture notes from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

[UT] Lecture notes from the University of Tennessee graduate programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

[Gear2009] Robert L Gear, Personal communication (2009).

[Evans2001] Ronald C. Evans. Illustrated Orthopedic Assessment. St. Louis: Mosby (2001).