What is included in the physical exam for ulnar-sided wrist pain?

Updated: Nov 22, 2019
  • Author: David M Lichtman, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Physical examination should always begin with inspection, followed by determination of the range of motion and palpation. Often, physicians delay palpation or movement of the wrist until the end of the examination. In that way, other disorders can be excluded systematically while the patient is still fully cooperative. Finally, special provocative tests (eg, triquetrolunate ballottement, ulnar ballottement, midcarpal shifting) can be performed to confirm the suspected pathology (see Provocative Maneuvers).


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