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Assessment and investigation of chronic wrist pain 

Assessment and investigation of chronic wrist pain
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Assessment and investigation of chronic wrist pain
Author(s):

I.A. Trail

, D. Temperley

, and J.K. Stanley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.006001
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date: 25 January 2020

A careful history and a thorough physical examination is of paramount importance in the diagnosis of chronic wrist pain

The mechanism of injury and the position of the wrist when injured is crucial information

The localization of swelling and local tenderness can be invaluable in diagnosis

Imaging of the wrist is often helpful is diagnosis, with plain radiography standard

Fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, CT and MRI scans, arthrography and arthroscopy can also help with diagnosis

The choice of imaging technique and its interpretation depend upon clinical information derived from the history and physical examination

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