Indications:

Speed’s test is a shoulder examination used to test for bicipital tendinitis.

Procedure:

  1. Patient seated, forearm is extended & supinated (arm at side), patient actively flexes arm to 120°, and examiner applies resistance to this motion while palpating the bicipital groove.
Speed's test for shoulder

Patient seated, forearm is extended & supinated (arm at side), patient actively flexes arm to 120°, and examiner applies resistance to this motion while palpating the bicipital groove.

Interpretation:

Positive pain → bicipital tendinitis, impingement syndrome or rotator cuff bursitis

Clinical notes:

Note: this test may also produce pain in the presence of a S.L.A.P. lesion.