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Common Findings on Physical Exam for Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture

David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS

November 30, 2016

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What are the common finding on physical exam with distal biceps tendon rupture?  

Answer

Finding on Physical Exam may include: —
  1. History of : “pop” & acute onset of weakness
  2. —Tender over biceps tendon & tuberosity—
  3. —(+) Ecchymosis in antecubital fossa
  4. —Deformity of biceps insertion
  5. —Weakness/pain with elbow flexion & supination


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David Nolan, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Dr. Nolan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as a Graduate Lecturer in the College of Professional Studies in the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University.  David is also a Clinical Specialist at the Mass General Sports Physical Therapy Service and the Director of the MGH / Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. 

Dr. Nolan is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He is a past recipient of the “Excellence in Clinical Teaching” award from the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice by the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA.  Dr. Nolan was also presented with the 2019 Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. 


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