Comparable Sign

Comparable Sign: A combination of pain, stiffness and/or spasm during examination that is comparable to the patients symptoms.
  • One common error made during evaluation with special tests is attention given to any discomfort or pain, rather than attempting to identify the pain/discomfort related to the patient's complaint (concordant/comparable sign). Many special tests purposefully test tissue limits and are at least mildly uncomfortable in every individual. Basing your assessment on positive tests that resulted in "concordant/comparable signs" will improve your chances of arriving at the correct diagnosis.

Related Terms

  • Special tests
  • Medical evaluation
  • Diagnosis
  • Symptoms
  • Pain management


  • Concordant sign
  • Reproduction of symptoms
  • Provocative test
  • Painful arc syndrome
  • Comparable sign