Upper Limb Tests

by Richard


I am currently studying Sports Therapy and was just wondering if you could advise me what scenario would lead you to perform upper limb tension tests, i.e. when would you use the ulnar specific one over the median-specific test?
Would that depend on where the pain is radiating?



Exactly Richard. If the pain and tingling is in the Median nerve distribution then use that specific variation.

In general, if the patient has pain in the neck, and pain or tingling or numbness in the arm, then to DD between an arm condition and a nerve root impingement syndrome use the ULTT and Kemp's test.

Always think too of the Pronator teres, the Thoracic Outlet syndrome and learn to do a difficult by important test: Adson's test.

Good luck.

Dr B

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