Dr. Kevin Yip

Dr Kevin Yip
Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS(UK), FRCS(EDIN), FAM(SING), FHKCOS(ORTHO)

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Palpation of the long head of bicepr

Place the finger in the groove between the anterior and middle portions of the deltoid muscle.Move the finger anteriorly and distally. It now lies on the bicipital groove, which is situated more laterally than is usually supposed.ldentify the intertubercular sulcus by placing
the thumb flat on it and by executing small rotatory movements of the humerus. The lateral and medial lips can be felt catching against the
thumb.

In this groove lies the tendon of the long head of biceps. It is difficult to palpate as it is covered with a transverse ligament. Move the
thumb upwards until the upper part of the groove is reached, just below the acromion. Ask for an active flexion of the elbow and resist the movement. Tightening of the tendon can be felt.

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