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

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Chief Emeritus of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
Director, Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

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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