Clinical Evaluation of the Distal Biceps Tendon

Deepak N. Bhatia, Gregory I. Bain

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Distal biceps pathology is a common cause of pain and weakness in athletes, and the spectrum of pathology ranges from tendinosis to high-grade tears or complete ruptures. The tendon insertion is difficult to examine and palpate precisely due to long anatomical course that spans various layers in the arm and forearm. Clinical evaluation of the distal biceps tendon should involve assessment of the region spanning the lower arm and the upper forearm. Special tests for tendon integrity should be used in combination to evaluate the DBT and the bicipital aponeurosis. In-clinic sonography is an excellent tool to supplement the diagnosis of partial and complete tears and should be used whenever feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Art of the Musculoskeletal Physical Exam
EditorsJohn G. Lane, Alberto Gobbi, João Espregueira-Mendes, Camila Cohen Kaleka
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783031244049
ISBN (Print)9783031244032
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Biceps
  • Distal biceps tendon
  • Elbow


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