Review Article

Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 39, Issue 8, pp 733-745

First online:

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Ulnar-sided wrist pain. Part I: anatomy and physical examination

  • Peter S. VezeridisAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • , Hiroshi YoshiokaAffiliated withDepartment of Radiological Sciences, University of California, Irvine Email author 
  • , Roger HanAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • , Philip BlazarAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Ulnar-sided wrist pain is a common complaint, and it presents a diagnostic challenge for hand surgeons and radiologists. The complex anatomy of this region, combined with the small size of structures and subtle imaging findings, compound this problem. A thorough understanding of ulnar-sided wrist anatomy and a systematic clinical examination of this region are essential in arriving at an accurate diagnosis. In part I of this review, ulnar-sided wrist anatomy and clinical examination are discussed for a more comprehensive understanding of ulnar-sided wrist pain.


Wrist Anatomy Clinical examination Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)