Examination of the Upper Extremities

Examination of the Upper Extremities

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

During routine or emergencies, the upper limbs must be thoroughly examined. Being the primary means of interaction with the external environment, they constantly endure trauma, as well as overuse, which results in a myriad of conditions (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, medial or lateral epicondylitis, rotator cuff injury). Other notable conditions include those associated with aging and rheumatoid pathology (e.g., osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis). The upper limbs can also reflect systemic conditions, such as the edema seen in thoracic outlet syndrome. To better understand these conditions, the student must be knowledgeable of the anatomy of the upper extremity, particularly main arterial and venous vessels, as well as commonly injured joints (e.g., shoulder, wrist). Careful examination of the upper limb can provide the physician valuable findings about current complaints or underlying pathologies.

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  • Videos 7
  • Duration 0:40 h
  • Quiz questions 21
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Your Educators of course Examination of the Upper Extremities

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completed his residency training and Chief Residency at Yale's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining the program as an Assistant Professor. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program.


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