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During annual exam, why does doctor do tests like hold arms out straight with eyes closed? What does it mean if uneven?

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Dr. Marcel Hungs
Neurology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Muscle testing

A physician usually checks the strength of your arms when he asks to hold out the arms straight ahead.
A weakness could be suspected if there is a drift, asymmetry or shifting. The weakness can be focal, from a nerve injury or even from a brain condition.

In brief: Muscle testing

A physician usually checks the strength of your arms when he asks to hold out the arms straight ahead.
A weakness could be suspected if there is a drift, asymmetry or shifting. The weakness can be focal, from a nerve injury or even from a brain condition.
Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Testing your balance

You might be talking about the "romberg test" that is a test of inner-ear function (ability to balance).
It's not so much the arms being uneven that may indicate a problem, but the tendency to fall over!

In brief: Testing your balance

You might be talking about the "romberg test" that is a test of inner-ear function (ability to balance).
It's not so much the arms being uneven that may indicate a problem, but the tendency to fall over!
Dr. Casey Younkin
Dr. Casey Younkin
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Dr. Michael Chen
Neurology

In brief: Neurological exam

This refers to the pronator drift.
A examination maneuver to detect subtle weakness on one side. Most people keep both arms up even with eyes closed. The neurological exam assists in localizing the problem.

In brief: Neurological exam

This refers to the pronator drift.
A examination maneuver to detect subtle weakness on one side. Most people keep both arms up even with eyes closed. The neurological exam assists in localizing the problem.
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