Touch function is gauged using the Ten-Test. Should any restriction be identified, its extent will be captured using the Moberg Test (object identification).
Required material: None
Preparation: The patient lays both hands on the table, palms up.
Procedure: The examiner first touches an undamaged finger with his/her finger. The patient is explained that this touch sensitivity is their individual normal sensitivity, which rates 10 (best possible individual touch sensitivity) on a scale of one to ten.
Subsequently, the examiner touches this best possible area and a presumed damaged area, at the same time and with the same pressure. The patient now rates the sensitivity of this presumed damaged area on the same scale of 1 to 10 (where 10 again represents the best possible sensitivity). The test is carried out for each finger and the reported sensitivity rating is documented.
Moberg Test (object identification)
Required material: Various small objects (see documentation example), stopwatch
Procedure: Before the test begins, the patient looks at the objects, and then they close their eyes. The patient is then given the objects, one by one, in the unimpaired hand, with the instruction to identify and name the object by touching and feeling it. The time required for the patient to identify each object is measured. If the patient cannot recognise an object, the test continues with another one. Subsequently, the test is repeated with the affected hand in the same procedure. The time required to recognise each object for both the left and right hand is recorded (in seconds, to one decimal point) and the difference between the two hands is calculated.