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Patella Mobs to Increase Range of Motion & Reduce Knee Pain

Patella mobs are an easy way to help increase range of motion in the knee and can help reduce pain after a knee injury or surgery.

To perform patella mobs:

  1. Sitting in a chair or on the floor, put your leg straight out in front of you, and relax your muscles. 

  2. Move your kneecap up and down, and side to side.

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Biceps Load Test for Shoulder Labral Tear

The biceps load test is used to find out the integrity of the superior labrum of the shoulder to see if there is a labral (or SLAP) tear.

With the biceps load test, a positive test doesn’t always mean there is a tear, and a negative doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t one.

To perform the biceps load test, have your patient lie down in supine. Abduct the shoulder to 90 degrees, and externally rotate it into the “stop sign” position. Have their palm up and thumb towards their head. Ask the patient to flex pulling towards their head, against your resistance at the wrist. A positive test is when pain is increased or there is apprehension. It could mean there is a SLAP tear.

Related Video:

SLAP Tear Stretches & Exercises

Wrist Ulnar & Radial Deviation with Elbow Flexion for Wrist Pain

Wrist ulnar and radial deviation with elbow flexion is a great way to help increase range of motion in the wrist and relieve pain.

To perform wrist ulnar and radial deviation with elbow flexion:

  1. Rest your elbow on a table top with your wrist hanging off the edge and your elbow bent.  

  2. Make a fist with your hand, palm facing down, and move your fist side to side.

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Speed’s Test for Biceps Tendonitis

The Speed's Test is a simple way to test for biceps tendonitis. It can produce false positives and negatives, so make sure this isn't the only diagnostic method you use.

To perform the Speed's Test, place your fingers on the bicipital groove. Resist shoulder flexion at about 90 degrees by the patient while the patient’s forearm is first supinated, then pronated, and the elbow is in complete extension. A positive test increases pain/tenderness in the bicipital groove, especially when supinated.

Related Videos:

Biceps Tendonitis Stretches & Exercises

Shoulder Tendonitis Stretches for Pain Relief

Clunk Test for Shoulder Labral Tear

The clunk test is used for detecting shoulder labral tears, but remember a positive test doesn’t always mean there is a tear, and a negative doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t one.

To perform the clunk test, have the patient lie down in supine. Place one hand on the posterior aspect of the shoulder over the humeral head. Place the other hand on the humerus above the elbow. Fully abduct the arm over the patient’s head, and then push anteriorly with the hand over the humeral head while the other hand rotates the humerus into external rotation. A clunk or grinding sound is a positive test, and can indicate a tear of the labrum.

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SLAP Tear Stretches & Exercises

Shoulder Pain Stretches & Exercises

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