Empty Can Test Law and Legal Definition

Empty can test is the nickname for a medical test that is used to determine the extent of a shoulder injury caused to a person. In this test, the patient holds an injured arm as though pouring a beverage from a can and attempts to exert pressure against the medical tester's hand.

The empty can test consists of holding one's arms to the side as if holding cans bilaterally. Then the patient pronates their wrists as if emptying cans. [Phim Khon v. Barnhart, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17781 (D. Pa. 2004)].