Holding Hands (the hand exam)

This wasn’t even going to be an education post, but I got guilted into it. The original is 18×24″, oil on canvas.

The hand exam

  • Inspection: You can use the acronym SEADS: swelling, erythema, atrophy, deformity, skin changes. Remember: you should be able to see their whole arm up to the elbows
  • Palpation: You can use the acronym TEST CA: tenderness, effusion, swelling, temperature, crepitations, atrophy
  • Range of Motion and Power: Do active, if it’s not full you can then check passive.
  • Special Tests: fancy things for carpal tunnel like Phalen’s and Tinel’s
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