Physical Exam for Tennis Elbow
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 strength.
Why It Is Done
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 include:
What To Think About
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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