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Resisted flexion of each finger separately

Positioning and procedure.

The subject presents his hand palm downwards. The examiner stabilizes
the wrist with one hand. With the other hand he applies resistance to the distal phalanx of each finger respectively.

Common mistakes.


Anatomical structures tested:

Muscle function:

• Flexor digitorum superficialis
• Flexor digitorum profundus.

Common pathological situations:

• When resisted movement of one specific finger is painful, the Ie ion, if present,
must lie in the tendon going to that finger.
• Pain is usually the result of a lesion of one of the tendons of the flexor digitorum profundus, either at the wrist or more distally.

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