Most intriguing, this post has only 109 words. When, I initially, created this post on Hoffman’s Sign, I very much doubt that I deliberately chose to restrict it to 109 words.

Hoffman’s Sign a Multiple Sclerosis indicator

Hoffman's Sign an MS indicator
Multiple Sclerosis Sign

Hoffman’s sign is a test which may reveal the presence of a lesion in the upper motor neuron in the spinal cord.

A positive sign occurs when there is a reflexive response in the thumb to tapping the nail of the third or fourth finger. Normally, there should be no reaction from the muscles in the thumb.

A positive Hoffman’s test may be associated with a lack of grip in the affected hand.

There are a number of neurological conditions which may elicit the Hoffman’s response which include: cervical spondylitis, spinal cord compression, upper motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis.

This is an indication I have no personal experience with. It is not a test that I recall ever having undergone. And one, which if I try it now produces no expected response.

Most of these multiple sclerosis signs, are just that, they are indicators. They must be interpreted by a specialist, who will assess these results in conjunction with other test results to make an assessment.

Back to a more pressing matter. Why am I suspicious that this post only had 109 words? And what has that got to do with Hoffman’s Sign?

  1. Having been a victim of hacking once in the past, I am ever vigilant.
  2. This observation has absolutely nothing to do with any MS indicator.

Quite clearly, this post no longer has only 109 words. Indeed, by the time I have completed my round-up and signed off, the post should exceed the Yoast SEO prescribed minimum of 300 words.

It is always useful to revisit old posts, to see what my thought processes had been at that time. It also gives me a chance to update the posts, breathing a little new life into them.

Elsewhere on this site, I have detailed a number of other possible MS indicators. These are detailed on:

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms in Detail

Finally, no I don’t think my abridged word count is a sign of hackers, I just think I was having a bad Multiple Sclerosis day when I compiled it.


Multiple Sclerosis Encyclopaedia
Wheeless’ Textbook of Orthopaedics

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