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What is the Jobe's test?

Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The Jobe's test is done to specifically test the supraspinatus muscle. Your doctor will ask you to place your arm in abduction/forward flexion with the thumb pointed towards the floor. He/she will then ask you to provide resistance as they push the arm down. With that forced loading of the supraspinatus muscle, your doctor can tell whether or not the supraspinatus is involved in your shoulder pain.

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