How should the physical exam for ulnar-sided wrist pain be conducted?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: David M Lichtman, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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An examination should become so routine that no one part is skipped over. Begin the examination at the proximal aspect of the dorsum of the wrist and advance distally. The volar aspect of the wrist is then evaluated with palpation from proximal to distal. The authors arbitrarily divide the wrist into dorsal radial, dorsal central, dorsal ulnar, volar ulnar, volar central, and volar radial sections. For the purposes of this discussion, the authors limit the discussion of the examination to the dorsal ulnar and volar ulnar zones.

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