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.
- Patient could be seated or standing during the test.
- Patient wrings a towel or wash cloth. With hands on both ends of the towel, the patient twists it in opposite directions.
- The examiner checks for any numbness, tingling or shooting pain on the wrist or over the elbow area.
Positive Wringing Test
- Paresthesia or the presence of numbness, tingling sensation or shooting electrical pain. This could indicate carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Elbow Pain could indicate epicondylitis or sprain or strain along the elbow area.
- Wrist Pain could indicate arthropathy or sprain or strain along the wrist area.
The Wringing Test is a general screening examination. It is a basic test that can help narrow down the focus of a regional exam.