A Handy Test of Upper Extremity Nerve Integrity

December 31, 2006

When a patient presents with a handinjury, here is a quick and simple wayto assess the integrity of the nervesthat supply the muscles in the hand.

When a patient presents with a handinjury, here is a quick and simple wayto assess the integrity of the nervesthat supply the muscles in the hand.Have the patient perform the 3 movementsillustrated here (Figures 1, 2,and 3).-- Shanmugam Uthamalingam, MD
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