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    • #37330
      Son Nguyen

      Hi Birdies!

      I encountered an interesting case the other day. 30 yr old male, fit, no hx of injury, 6 month baby at home (ie carrying baby a lot). Vague elbow pain especially on flexion. I was expecting to find maybe a joint effusion. No joint effusion, no tendinopathy, no other findings.

      The patient described some weakness in the hand. Checked median nerve at carpal tunnel. Normal calibre no causes of entrapment. On flexion of elbow he pointed to an uncomfortable spot in his elbow when he pronated and supinated his hand. The area corresponded to the median nerve adj biceps brachii and pronator teres. I couldn’t find any focal neuropathy, but it appears the median nerve had some adjacent muscle entrapment.

      Is this a known spot for nerve entrapment?

    • #37341
      Stephen Bird

      Certainly when there is some biceps brachii tendinosis and or bicipitoradial bursitis / effusion it can impinge on the median nerve as it is very close .

      Given the pain correlating to supination and pronation I would also consider the spectrum of biceps brachii impingement.

      Some people have a tight space between their radial tuberosity (where the biceps brachii inserts) and the ulna so when they supinate and pronate they get impingement. If they supinate and pronate a lot they get compression tendinopathy of the biceps brachii and may even rupture it with minimal force. I have seen it in table tennis players several times due to the repetitive and rapid supination and pronation.

      There is a case of the week presentation on the topic. Please review it and see what you think.

      So yes, I think you are on the right track, but I would also ask more questions of the biceps brachii tendons.

      You can use the pronator tires window, the cobra technique and the cotton reel technique to assess the tendon and look for impingement.

      Short axis in the pronator terms technique is great to observe the tendon path during supination and pronation, the cobra technique also works for this,

      Nice one,


    • #37361
      Son Nguyen

      Thanks Steve, interesting case. I’ll have a look next time I encounter a similar situation.

    • #37367
      Stephen Bird

      Hi Son,

      Just as a coincidence the last patient I scanned yesterday had proximal biceps brachiii impingement,

      She was a 65 year old lady with severe distal biceps tendinosis and bicipitoradial bursitis.

      No trauma.

      When I tested her dynamically it was a tight gap between the radial tuberosity and the ulna.

      It is a good thing to consider when you have atraumatic pathology of the distal biceps brachii apparatus.


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