Phalen’s Test

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Phalen's Test

Patient Position

Phalen's Test
  • Seated (or standing)
  • Arms abducted, elbows flexed, forearms pronated, and the wrists fully flexed

Procedure Steps

  • Patient is instructed to put the back of both hands together and place them in front of the their chest.
  • Hold the position for 30-60 seconds (or until symptoms appear)

Positive Sign / Significance

  • Reproduction of median nerve symptoms (pain, paresthesias) into the hand in the median nerve distribution = Carpal tunnel syndrome

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