Introduction
Light touch
Pain & temperature
Vibration sense
Position sense
Discrimination

Extinction

Components of the sensory examination:

  1. Light touch
  2. Pain and temperature
  3. Vibration sense
  4. Position sense
  5. 2 point discrimination
  6. Graphesthesia
  7. Stereognosis
  8. Double simultaneous stimuli (extinction)
Link to dermatomes map


Examination Technique:

  • patients should be sufficiently undressed but draped to preserve modesty.

  • begin distally and move proximally and avoid calloused areas.

  • compare right to left.

  • when necessary assess for a sensory level, peripheral nerve or dermatomal sensory impairment.