Cozen's Test | Lateral Epicondylalgia / Tennis Elbow

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The purpose of Cozen's test (also known as the "resisted wrist extension test" or "resistive tennis elbow test") is to check for lateral epicondylalgia or "tennis elbow".

Cozen's Test

Patient Position

The patient should be seated, with the elbow extended forearm maximal pronation, wrist radially abducted, and hand in a fist.

Examiner Position

The therapist should stabilise elbow while palpating lateral epicondyle, other hand placed on the dorsum of the hand.


The patient is asked to move the wrist to dorsal flexion and the therapist provides resistance to this movement, in the position described above. The test is positive if pain on the lateral epicondyle is elicited.

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