Speed Test

 Speed Test

What is Speed Test?

What is Speed test?

  • Speed Test also called Palm-Up Test or Straight Arm Test, it’s used for:
    1. Biceps tendinitis.
    2. Superior labral anterior and posterior lesions (Slap Lesion).

See Also: SLAP Lesion

How it's Performed?

  • The patient’s arm is extended in supination at 90° of abduction and 30° of horizontal flexion.
  • The patient attempts to either maintain this position or continue to abduct and pronate the arm against the downward pressure of the examiner’s hand.

What does a positive Speed Test mean?

  • A side-to-side difference in the strength of abduction with pain in the bicipital groove region suggests pathology in the long head of the biceps such as tenosynovitis or subluxation.

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 90 %
  • Specificity:  14 %


  • Campbel's Operative Orthopaedics 13th Book
  • Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal 3rd Ed. Book

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