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.
- Determining if your UT ligament is involved. In a simple test developed at Mayo Clinic, the doctor presses his or her thumb on the UT ligament. If you have pain (ulnar fovea tenderness) similar to when you use your wrist, your UT 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 synovitis and degenerative tear.
- X-rays can indicate arthritis.
- Arthroscopy allows the doctor to see inside your wrist joint and may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Read more about arthroscopy at MayoClinic.com.
Feb. 14, 2011