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Uppercut Test

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Uppercut Test
Demonstration of the uppercut test[1]
  • Uppercut Test


  • Evaluate proximal Biceps Brachii, notably the long head, as a cause of shoulder pain


  • The patient is seated or standing
  • The patient performs an "uppercut" while the examiner resists the upward movement
  • Positive test
    • Pain is felt at the front of the shoulder.
    • There may also be a pop or click



  • When combined with tenderness to palpation of the proximal biceps tendon[2]
    • Sensitivity: 88.4%
    • Specificity: 93.8%

See Also


  1. King, Joseph J., and Thomas W. Wright. "Physical examination of the shoulder." The Journal of Hand Surgery 39.10 (2014): 2103-2112.
  2. Rosas, Samuel, et al. "A practical, evidence-based, comprehensive (PEC) physical examination for diagnosing pathology of the long head of the biceps." Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery 26.8 (2017): 1484-1492.
Created by:
John Kiel on 11 March 2020 13:23:33
Last edited:
30 December 2023 21:25:07