A Bracelet test is a wrist examination procedure that determines the presence of rheumatoid arthritis and looseness or instability of a ligament along the wrist.
- Patient could sit or stand as the Bracelet test is done.
- Locate the distal radius and ulna. This is the area where a bracelet is usually worn.
- Apply compressive force over the are using your thumb and index finger mimicking a compressive bracelet.
- Take note of any pain around the wrist, hand or forearm area.
Positive Bracelet Test
- Pain along the wrist, hand or forearm could be a positive sign of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Abnormal range of motion (ROM) could be a positive sign of ligament laxity or instability.
During wrist compression the focus is on articular structures, the examiner must be careful to avoid neurovascular compression which may produce carpal tunnel-like symptoms.