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Hand Elevation Test

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Other Names

Patient positioning for the Hand Elevation Test[1]
  • Hand Elevation Test

Purpose


Description

  • Ask the patient to elevate both hands above the head
  • Maintain this position until feeling paresthesia, numbness and dull pain in the median
  • nerve territory
  • Positive test
    • Symptoms occurred within 2 minutes

Pathology


Evidence

  • Ma et al[2]
    • Sensitivity: 86.7%
    • Specificity: 88.9%

See Also


References

  1. Simpson, Marion A., and Bruce Day. "Painful numb hands." Medical journal of Australia 195.7 (2011): 388-391.
  2. Ma, HyunJin, and Insoo Kim. "The diagnostic assessment of hand elevation test in carpal tunnel syndrome." Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 52.5 (2012): 472-475.
Created by:
John Kiel on 14 June 2023 00:08:21
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