Diagnosis at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Mayo Clinic accepts appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System sites.

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Your Mayo Clinic doctor will ask about your symptoms and do a thorough physical exam that includes:

  • Measuring the strength of your grip and your wrist's range of motion.
  • Checking for ligament damage. In a simple test developed at Mayo Clinic, your doctor will press his or her thumb on a specific ligament. If this causes pain similar to what you experience when you use your wrist, that ligament is probably damaged.
  • Determining if your wrist joint is stable, or if the bones and soft tissue move abnormally (unstable).

Mayo Clinic specialists usually recommend imaging tests to find the precise source of your pain:

  • CT scan can show instability in the wrist when a unique CT method developed by Mayo specialists is used.
  • MRI can detect the cause of wrist instability (ruptured ligament or dislocated tendon) as well as signs of swelling or degeneration.
  • X-rays can indicate arthritis.
June 06, 2015