Prior to the X-ray, the doctor will request a full account of the patient's medical history. He or she will require details about when the pain started, for how long it was prevalent and any other occurrences which had a direct impact on the lifestyle and daily activities of the patient.
is used with clinical symptoms in order to diagnose the patient accurately and draw up plans for future treatment.
In addition, the doctor may administer a physical exam in which he or she will examine the wrist, its movement or swelling. The physical exam also aids in the identification of stiffness or pain points in the area concerned.