Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wrist Sprain Evaluation

The evaluation of a wrist sprain begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a wrist sprain may include:

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of wrist sprain.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a wrist sprain include:
  • X-rays of the wrist

Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate a wrist sprain include:

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Wrist Sprain References
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