Name of test

Finkelstein’s test

What it tests

Confirm or rule out DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis in the abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis tendons of the wrist

How to do it

  • The patient can be either either sitting or standing for this test.
  • Ask the patient to flex the thumb and clench his/her fist over the thumb.
  • Stabilize the affected forearm with one hand while grasping the patient’s fist with your other hand.
  • Sharply ulnar deviate the patient’s fist.

Video: Finkelestein’s test

The normal response

No pain

What it means if not normal

Increased pain in the radial styloid process and along the length of the extensor pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus tendons is an indication of De Quervain’s syndrome.



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