Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) Test: Clinical Physiotherapy

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) Test used to check Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Purpose

The purpose of the Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) Test is to screen the patient for medial epicondylalgia or "golfer’s elbow".

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) Test

Clinical examination

Findings on clinical examination include tenderness over the medial epicondyle and common flexor muscle origin. Pain may indicate medial epicondylitis/golfer’s elbow. In addition to tenderness, provocative special test is employed to assess for medial epicondylitis.


Technique

Passive Technique

  • Position: The patient can be seated or standing for this test.
  • Procedure: The therapist palpates the medial epicondyle and supports the elbow with one hand, while the other hand passivelly supinates the patient’s forearm and fully extends the elbow, wrist and fingers.
  • Interpretation: If sudden pain or discomfort is reproduced along the medial aspect of the elbow in the region of the medial epicondyle, then this test is considered positive.

Active Technique

  • Position: The patient seated for this test.
  • Procedure: Patient flex the elbow, turns the hand palm up (forearm supination). The examiner then grasps the patient’s wrist and elbow and attempts to straighten out the elbow (forced extension) against the patient’s resistance (resisted elbow-wrist flexion).
  • Interpretation: If sudden pain or discomfort is reproduced along the medial aspect of the elbow in the region of the medial epicondyle, then this test is considered positive.

Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio Dr. Rohit Bhaskar, Physio is Founder of Bhaskar Health and Physiotherapy and is also a consulting physiotherapist. He completed his Graduation in Physiotherapy from Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences. His clinical interests are in Chest Physiotherapy, stroke rehab, parkinson’s and head injury rehab. Bhaskar Health is dedicated to readers, doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Bhaskar Health audience is the reason I feel so passionate about this project, so thanks for reading and sharing Bhaskar Health.

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