The following is a list of the many common tests used by physical therapists / physiotherapists and other orthopedic/orthopaedic practitioners when examining the elbow. The tests will eventually have links to descriptions of the tests as well as video demonstrations. If you know of a test that should be included in this list, please let us know.
The elbow joint is made up of three bones; the humerus of the upper arm and the radius and ulna of the lower arm (forearm). It is a synovial hinge joint. The movements of the joint are flexion, extension, pronation and supination. The elbow is one of the most commonly dislocated joints in the body. The following is a list of some of the many special tests that have been developed for the elbow.
Orthopedic Special Tests for the Elbow
- Cozen’s Test (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Golfer’s Elbow Test (Medial Epicondylitis)
- Mill’s Test
- Passive Tennis Elbow Test
- Pinch Grip Test
- Tinel’s Sign
- Valgus Stress Test
- Varus Stress Test