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How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

Dr. Thomas W. Plut, DO
Sports Medicine Specialist

To diagnose tennis elbow, your doctor will do a thorough physical examination, considering your activities, symptoms and where on your arm the pain occurs. He or she may order tests such as an x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or electromyogram to rule out nerve damage, arthritis or other causes of the elbow pain.

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Tennis elbow is often diagnosed after a physical exam and history consistent with repetitive motion in the painful arm. X-rays are usually not indicated, as the damage involves tendons, and are typically normal.

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