Table 1

The joints, tendons and bursae included in the 7-, 12-, 28- and 44-joint scores.

Reduced joint score

Joints, tendons and bursae included


7-joint score [9]

On the clinically dominant side:

Wrist, MCP 2 and 3, PIP 2 and 3, MTP 2 and 5

Dorsal, ulnar and palmar tendon sheaths of the wrist, flexor tendon sheaths of 2 and 3 finger, paratendonitis dorsal 2 and 3 finger

12-joint score [10]

Bilateral examination of:

Elbow, wrist, MCP 2 and 3, knee and ankle

Medial and lateral tendon sheaths of the ankle

28-joint score [12]

Bilateral examination of:

Shoulder (glenohumeral), elbow, wrist, MCP 1 to 5, PIP 1 to 5 and knee

44-joint score [10]

Bilateral examination of:

Shoulder (glenohumeral), elbow, wrist, MCP 1 to 5, PIP 1 to 5, hip, knee, ankle, mid-tarsal, MTP 1 to 5

Biceps tendon sheath, extensor and flexor tendons sheaths of the wrist, flexor tendons sheaths of the fingers, anterior, medial and lateral tendon sheaths of the ankle

Subdeltoid bursa


MCP, metacarpo-phalangeal joint; PIP, proximal inter-phalangeal joint; MTP, metatarso-phalangeal joint

Hammer and Kvien Arthritis Research & Therapy 2011 13:R78   doi:10.1186/ar3341

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