Name of test



Wrist flexion

What it tests



Flexor carpi radialis

How to do it



With the patient seated and fingers extended, flex the wrist. Push down on the palm as the patient resists with flexor carpi radialis activity.

The normal response



Grade 5 strength. The examiner is able to break flexor carpi radialis strength only with considerable difficulty.

What it means if not normal


Comments



The flexor carpi radialis muscle is innervated by the median nerve (C6-C7).

The patient’s fingers are in extension to eliminate wrist flexor activity generated by the finger flexor muscles.

Citations





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