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The wrist joint has a proximal part
– the radiocarpal joint
– and a distal one
– the intercarpal joint.
The tests described in this chapter test the wrist joint as a whole and do not test its structures separately.

All movements are executed with the wrist held in the neutral position:

• halfway between flexion and extension
• halfway between radial and ulnar deviation.

The positioning for all passive tests of the wrist joint is the same.

Positioning for testing the mobility of the wrist.

The subject stands with the arm hanging, the elbow flexed to a right angle and the forearm pronated. The examiner stands next to the subject. The contralateral hand carries the subject’s forearm, which is kept between the examiner’s arm and trunk. The other hand grasps the subject’s hand distally on the metacarpals.

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