CLINICAL PEARL- ANOTHER USE FOR YOUR REFLEX HAMMER

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Another use for your reflex hammer Use both ends of a standard reflex hammer to assess two-point discrimination. Instruct the patient to close his eyes and answer “metal” or “rubber” when touched on various dermatome distributions. The percentage of correct responses gives you an idea of the patient’s sensation and proprioception capabilities.
—Jaime Uhazie, PA-C, Jupiter, Fla. (108-24)

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