Yergasons Test

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The Yergason's Test is used to test for biceps tendon pathology, such as bicipital tendonitis.


The patient should be seated or standing, with the humerus in neutral position and the elbow in 90 degrees of flexion. The patient is asked to externally rotate and supinate their arm against the manual resistance of the therapist.[1]  Yergason's Test is considered positive if pain is reproduced in the bicipital groove during the test.


Diagnostic Test Properties for detecting biceps pathology with Yergason's Test[2]
Sensitivity   0.43
Specificity   0.79
Positive Likelihood Ratio   2.05
Negative Likelihood Ratio   0.72

Test Item Cluster: The Yergason's Test is often combined with the Speed's Test to detect bicipital tendonitis.

See test diagnostics page for explanation of statistics.


  1. Dutton, M. (2008). Orthopaedic: Examination, evaluation, and intervention (2nd ed.). New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
  2. Holtby, R., Razmjou, H. (2004). Accuracy of the Speed's and Yergason's test in detecting bicpes pathology and SLAP lesions: comparison with arthroscopic findings. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, 20(3), 231-236