Speed’s test

A clinical test used to check for inflammation of the biceps tendon (called biceps tendonitis. To perform the test, the patient’s elbow is flexed (or bent) 20 to 30 degrees with the palm up. The patient has their arm straight out in front like they are holding up a tray.  The examiner pushes the patient’s arm down while palpating the patient’s biceps tendon over the anterior aspect of the shoulder.  Pain with this maneuver suggests biceps tendonitis.