-- Question: What Is A Straight-Leg-Raising Test And What Is It Used For?
Answer: A straight-leg-raise test is a test used by your physician to determine if the leg pain that you're experiencing is coming from your back. It is important as a patient that you relax.
Your physician will raise your leg into the air. If you experience reproducible pain in your leg and your low back, this may indicate that the symptoms you're having are coming from a potentially herniated disc in your low back or from irritation and inflammation around the nerves coming from your lower back.