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Flick Sign

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Other Names

  • Flick Sign


Example of the flick sign[1]
  • To help evaluate a patients history with suspected median neuropathy or carpal tunnel syndrome


  • When asking the patient "What do you do with your hands when the symptoms are at their worst?"
  • The patient will demonstrate a flicking movement of the wrist and hand
  • Similar to that used in shaking down a thermometer



Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Pryse-Phillips et al[2]
    • Sensitivity: 93%
    • Specificity 96%
    • LR+: 21.4
    • LR-: 0.1

See Also


  1. Simpson, Marion A., and Bruce Day. "Painful numb hands." Medical journal of Australia 195.7 (2011): 388-391.
  2. Pryse-Phillips WE. Validation of a diagnostic sign in carpal tunnel syndrome. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1984 Aug;47(8):870-2. PubMed PMID: 6470728; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1027954.
Created by:
John Kiel on 10 October 2019 14:59:13
Last edited:
29 March 2023 18:31:42