Tennis Elbow (cont.)
Diagnosis of Tennis Elbow
Your doctor may use any or all of the following to diagnose tennis elbow:
- In taking your medical history, the doctor may ask you questions about your activity level, occupation, recent recreational activities, medications, and other medical problems.
- During the physical exam, your doctor will feel your elbow and possibly other joints. Your nerves, muscles, bones, and skin are also examined.
- X-ray images may be required if the symptoms suggest another problem in the elbow joint.
- Nerve studies may be needed to look for entrapment of the radial nerve in the elbow joint (radial tunnel syndrome) if your symptoms continue despite aggressive treatment.
- It is unlikely your doctor will need to perform blood tests, a CT scan, or an MRI to make the diagnosis, but these may be used to rule out other conditions in certain cases.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
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