Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | 2021
Examination of the Wrist
Learning Objectives: After reading this article and reviewing the supplemental videos, the participant should be able to: 1. Identify common wrist conditions that may be encountered on evaluation. 2. Describe provocative maneuvers used to confirm a diagnosis of wrist disorder. 3. Develop a systematic approach to examination of the wrist. 4. Determine appropriate diagnostic maneuvers for radial, central, and ulnar wrist pain. Summary: The wrist is a complex structure, and providers caring for hand and upper extremity conditions need to have an understanding of the wrist examination and provocative maneuvers for conditions that are encountered. Fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, and instabilities are all commonly encountered, and the provider should have an idea of the diagnosis based on clinical examination and use imaging as needed to confirm or stage a diagnosis.