To test for irritation to the meninges by placing a stretch through them.
• The patient lies supine.
• The examiner stands next to the patient’s head.
• The examiner gradually flexes the patients head and neck towards the patient’s chest.
• Observe the patient’s knees and their face for evidence of pain.
Positive if the patient involuntarily flexes their hips and knees to lessen traction forces.
Signifies meningeal irritation / meningitis.