Staged description of the Finkelstein test

J Hand Surg Am. 2010 Sep;35(9):1513-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2010.05.022. Epub 2010 Aug 14.


We have revisited the original description of the Finkelstein test and review the reasons for its subsequent erroneous description. We have also outlined a staged description of this test, which we have found to be reliable and minimally painful for the diagnosis of de Quervain's tendonitis within our clinical practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • De Quervain Disease / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Orthopedics / methods
  • Pain Measurement
  • Physical Examination / methods*
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tenosynovitis / diagnosis
  • Wrist Joint / physiopathology*