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