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Gluteus maximus: L5, SI, S2 roots. Inferior gluteal nerve

Patient attempts to keep heel on bed against resistance

Hip abduction

Hip abduction

Gluteus medius and minimus and tensor fasciae latae: L4, L5, SI roots.

Superior gluteal nerve

Patient lying on back tries to abduct the leg against resistance

Hip adduction

Hip adduction

Patient lying on back tries to pull knees together against resistance

Adductors: L2, L3, L4 roots. Obturator nerve

Patient lying on back tries to pull knees together against resistance

Knee flexion

Knee flexion

Hamstrings L5, SI, S2 roots. Sciatic nerve

Patient pulls heel towards the buttock and tries to maintain this position against resistance.

Hamstrings L5, SI, S2 roots. Sciatic nerve

Knee extension

Patient pulls heel towards the buttock and tries to maintain this position against resistance.

Knee extension

Quadriceps: L2, L3, L4 roots. Femoral nerve

Patient tries to extend knee against resistance

Dorsiflexion

Plantarflexion

Tibialis anterior: L4, L5 roots. Deep peroneal nerve

Patient dorsiflexes the ankle against resistance. May have difficulty in walking on heels

Plantarflexion

Gastrocnemius, soleus: SI, S2, roots. Tibial nerve.

Patient plantarflexes the ankle against resistance. May have difficulty in walking on toes before weakness can be directly detected

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