What is Tinel Test?
Tinel Test is used to evaluate nerve injuries, neuromas, and compression especially carpal tunnel syndrome.
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 %
- Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal 3rd Ed. Book