Pinch Grip Test

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Purpose

Pinch grip test is used to examine the neurological dysfunction of the anterior interosseous nerve branch of median nerve.

Technique

Step1. Ask the patient to pinch tip of the index finger and tip of the thumb.

Step2. If patient unable to pinch tip to tip with both finger's and instead as using abnormal pad to pad pinch of the index and thumb.

Step3. This is a positive sign for pathology to the anterior interosseous nerve, which is a branch of the median nerve.[1]


References

  1. David J. Magee. Orthopedic Physical Assessment. 6th edition. Elsevier. 2014.
  1. David J. Magee. Orthopedic Physical Assessment. 6th edition. Elsevier. 2014.
  2. Pinch grip test. The Physio Channel. Available from: https://youtu.be/VNgD94geijA