Musculoskeletal Medicine: Physical Examination of the Upper Extremity

From the "Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment" CME Program Held on December 8, 2007


Scott W. Wolfe, MD

Scott W. Wolfe, MD

Chief Emeritus, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Nerve Repair, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Faculty Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Member, Executive Council, Hospital for Special Surgery
Senior Scientist, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery
President, New York Society for Surgery of the Hand

In these videos, Dr. Wolfe demonstrates physical examination of the upper extremity; starting with a neurologic examination, which is critical in evaluating upper extremity conditions, including neck, vascular, motor, sensory and reflex exams.

The successive elbow exam and wrist and hand exams are also broken down by condition, including tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, trigger finger, de Quervain’s Disease, other tendinopathies and elbow/wrist ligament injuries.

Neurologic Exam


Elbow Exam


Hand and Wrist Exam

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