Indications

Abbott-Saunders Test is used to assess the biceps tendon for subluxation or dislocation.


Procedure

  1. Patient seated, examiner externally rotates and abducts the patient’s arm.
  2. Examiner then proceeds to raise and lower patient’s arm, while other his hand is palpating over the bicipital groove.
Abbott-Saunders test is used to assess the biceps tendon for subluxation or dislocation.

Examiner palpates bicipital groove for click or pop throughout the movement

Interpretation

Examiner is palpating for clicks or pops during external rotation and abduction of patients arm.

Positive Abbott-Saunders Test

Palpable click or pop: subluxation or dislocation of bicipital tendon.

Clinical Notes

Examiner should also observe patient for signs of discomfort and apprehension during the test.