Examination of the Wrist and Hand

  • Vishal Kumar
  • Avinash Kumar


Examination of the wrist Attitude: Look for the following attitudes:
  • Palmarflexion of the wrist (wrist drop—specifically used for high radial nerve palsy)—radial nerve palsy, brachial palsy, Volkmann’s ischemic contracture, infections around the wrist.

  • Ulnar deviation of the wrist—Rheumatoid arthritis, congenital absence of the ulna (or any pathology causing loss of distal ulna: osteomyelitis, neglected trauma)

  • Radial deviation of the wrist—Colles’ fracture, congenital absence of radius

  • Dinner fork deformity—Colles’ fracture

  • Manus valgus—Madelung deformity

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vishal Kumar
    • 1
  • Avinash Kumar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsPGIMERChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsAll India Institute of Medical SciencesPatnaIndia

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