During the physical exam for
tennis elbow, your doctor may examine both of your
arms, as well as your:
If it is clear that there are no broken bones, your doctor
will move your arm around to check for range of motion, flexibility, and
A physical exam of the elbow is done
when the elbow is sore and painful.
Results from the physical exam don't show any serious
problem in the elbow. Your doctor may suggest resting your arm and applying ice
at home. He or she may also suggest further tests.
Abnormal results from the physical exam may
Tennis elbow can usually be
diagnosed with a medical history and a physical exam. Your doctor may recommend
treatment without doing X-rays, to see whether the problem gets better. If it
does, no more tests are needed.
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January 10, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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