Counter-commentary| Volume 94, ISSUE 8, P1638-1640, August 2013

Response to Commentary on Our Article Titled “Intrarater and Interrater Reliability of Select Clinical Tests in Patients Referred for Diagnostic Facet Joint Blocks in the Cervical Spine”


      Dr. Stuart McGill provided an insightful commentary on the issues surrounding the usefulness of reliable clinical tests in the management of patients with spinal pain conditions. In this response, we will address the points raised in the commentary and provide a rationale for the use of reliable tests in the development of clinical decision guides.


      List of abbreviations:

      CDG (clinical decision guide), MSE (manual spinal examination), PST (palpation for segmental tenderness), ROM (range of motion)
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