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Pain in the Elbow Evaluation

An evaluation of elbow pain starts with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in a person with elbow pain may include:

  • Elbow swelling
  • Elbow redness
  • Poor capillary refill of the fingers
  • Elbow pain with motion
  • Tenderness overlying the bones of the elbow

Testing may be required to determine the cause for the elbow pain.

Tests that may be used to evaluate elbow pain include:

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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