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.

Course Details

  • Videos 9
  • Duration 0:45 h
  • Quiz questions 21
  • Concept Pages 11


Your Educators of course Examination of the Upper Extremities

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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By Leo K. on 02. February 2023 for Patient Introduction and Review of the Shoulder Anatomy

Very good clear explanation. Very good teacher. Very helpfull in teaching my colleques

By Laura T. on 18. February 2022 for Examination of the Upper Extremities

Useful, complete and quick reminder of upper extremity physical exam.

By Ismael V. on 24. September 2021 for Examination of the Upper Extremities

Very objective and práctica. Very well explained signos and maneuvers.

Very helpful review!
By Rick H. on 02. September 2021 for Examination of the Shoulder

I have watched a couple other reviews of the shoulder examination and this was the best by far!