Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lateral Epicondylitis Evaluation

The evaluation of lateral epicondylitis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with lateral epicondylitis may include:

  • Tenderness over the lateral epicondyle
  • Swelling over the lateral epicondyle
  • Redness over the lateral epicondyle
  • Extending the wrist against resistance causes pain in the lateral epicondyle
  • Hand weakness (unilateral):
    • Weak grip

Tests that may be used to evaluate lateral epicondylitis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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