Physical examination of the hand

J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Nov;39(11):2324-34; quiz 2334. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.04.026. Epub 2014 Oct 22.


Examination of the hand is an essential piece of a hand surgeon's skill set. This current concepts review presents a systematic process of performing a comprehensive physical examination of the hand including vascular, sensory, and motor assessments. Evaluations focused on specific hand diseases and injuries are also discussed. This information can be useful for any health care provider treating patients with hand conditions.

Keywords: Digits; finger; hand; physical examination.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hand Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Hand Injuries / etiology
  • Hand Injuries / surgery
  • Hand*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / surgery
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases / etiology
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases / surgery
  • Physical Examination*