Coracobrachialis Special Tests

Coracobrachialis Strength Test

To do:

With the client sitting or in a supine position with their arm flexed and externally rotated

The elbow should be fully flexed with forearm in supination.

The client should be instructed to continue to flex their elbow and externally rotated their arm as the therapist brings them out of it.

Positive Sign:

The client is unable to hold the position against the therapist’s force

Coracobrachialis Length Test

To do:

The therapist places the client’s arm into extension, abduction and external rotation

Positive Sign:

Limited range of motion or a stretch along the muscle


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