Wringing Test is a general wrist examination procedure used to detect carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis or arthropathy as a result of a sprain or strain. A Wringing Test may also be used to fine tune exams and to further assess a patient’s injury.


Patient should be awake and cooperative when performing the wringing test.

  1. Patient could be seated or standing during the test.
  2. Patient wrings a towel or wash cloth. With hands on both ends of the towel, the patient twists it in opposite directions.
  3. The examiner checks for any numbness, tingling or shooting pain on the wrist or over the elbow area.

Patient uses both hands to wring a towel.


Positive Wringing Test

  1. Paresthesia or the presence of numbness, tingling sensation or shooting electrical pain. This could indicate carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. Elbow Pain could indicate epicondylitis or sprain or strain along the elbow area.
  3. Wrist Pain could indicate arthropathy or sprain or strain along the wrist area.

Clinical Notes

The Wringing Test is a general screening examination. It is a basic test that can help narrow down the focus of a regional exam.