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Ice Cream Scoop Maneuver

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Other Names

  • Ice Cream Scoop Test


The patient is asked to simulate the action of scooping ice cream using their hand against resistance and direct palpation of the tendon by the examiner.[1]


  • Patient simulates scooping ice cream against resistance
  • Alternative approach is turning car keys against resistance
  • ECU tendon sheath may displace or snap painfully
  • Positive test
    • Subluxation at ulnar wrist



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Ng, C. Y., and M. J. Hayton. "Ice cream scoop test: a novel clinical test to diagnose extensor carpi ulnaris instability." The Journal of hand surgery, European volume 38.5 (2013): 569-570.
Created by:
John Kiel on 13 April 2022 12:08:40
Last edited:
12 April 2023 17:06:18