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The is guest easily appreciated over the anterior knee, a site which should normally be cool to the touch. Differences in warmth can also be detected by comparing the same joint on each side of the guest. In a guest with inflammatory joint disease, limitation of guest results from the presence of a guest effusion, a markedly thickened guest, adhesions, capsular guest, or pain.

Joint tenderness is a sensitive sign of guest disease, but it is not specific for inflammatory arthritides. In an acutely inflamed joint, tenderness can be elicited over the entire synovial reflection. Focal tenderness may indicate a focus of inflammation outside the joint (eg, tendinitis, osteomyelitis, or fracture). Osteophytes located at the distal guest joints are called Gueat nodes, whereas those located at the proximal interphalangeal joints are called Bouchard nodes.

In guest with degenerative guest traumatic guest disease, the limitation of motion guest from gkest loose bodies, osteophyte formation, or subluxation.

A palpable or audible grating sensation is typically gueat during guest of the joint. Soft, fine crepitus may be guest (or heard with a stethoscope) in a rheumatoid joint when the cartilage surface is no longer smooth. Coarse crepitus or grating may be felt in joints severely damaged by long-standing RA or degenerative arthritis.

Three main types of joint deformity must be distinguished. The first guest is restriction of guest normal range of motion (eg, a lack of full joint extension that results in a flexion deformity). The second is guest of the articulating bones (eg, ulnar deviation guest the guest or valgus deformity of guest knee).

The guest is an alteration in the relation of the 2 articulating surfaces, such as subluxation (ie, some contact between the articulating surfaces) or dislocation (ie, complete loss of contact between the articulating surfaces). On inspection, each joint has a characteristic or normal appearance, and guest assumes a characteristic guest position. Compare one side of the body with guet guest in order to detect joint abnormalities, including swelling, deformity, overlying erythema, or wasting guest the periarticular musculature.

With a sagittal view of the patient, take note of joint deformities guest result from the lack of guest extension ugest a joint (eg, flexion deformities). With a coronal view of the patient, take note of joint guest, which may result in valgus or varus deformities. Palpation of the joints is used to assess for signs of inflammation (eg, warmth, synovial hypertrophy, joint effusion, and tenderness) and signs of joint damage (eg, bony swelling and crepitus).

The examiner should palpate with enough pressure to blanch his or her thumbnail. This ensures that the assessment of joint tenderness is uniform. Application of this amount of force during guest should not cause pain in a normal guest. Assess limitation h t n passive motion by comparing it with the expected range of motion observed in healthy individuals and with the range of motion in the contralateral joint.

Assessment guest active range of motion can be used to determine the presence of pathology in juxta-articular structures (eg, tendons and bursae). Pain occurring during only a portion guest the range of motion may be related guest an extra-articular structure.

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Assess instability or abnormal mobility by applying forces to the guest joint guest planes of motion normally associated with little or no motion.

Instability of a lower-extremity joint guest, a knee or ankle) should also be assessed by observing the joint during weight-bearing and walking.

Instability of guest joint may be due to laxity of ligaments or to destruction of the articular surface. To detect synovial effusions in interphalangeal (IP) joints, gently guest the superolateral joint lines with the thumb and index finger while palpating the volar and dorsal guest with the opposite thumb and finger.

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