Tinel Test

 Tinel Test

What is Tinel Test?


See Also: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


How it's Performed?

  • In case of carpal tunnel syndrome, the examiner percusses with two fingers over distal palmar crease in the midline over the median nerve.
  • In case of other nerve pathology, the the examiner percusses with two fingers over the affected area of the nerve.

What does a positive Tinel Test mean?

  • Positive if patient reports paresthesia along the distribution of the tested nerve.

Sensitivity & Specificity

  • Sensitivity: 70 %
  • Specificity: 90 %

Reference

  • Orthobullets
  • Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal 3rd Ed. Book



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