What tests are utilized for diagnosing lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow”?

Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow affects adults between 30-50 years old due to repetitive motion activities and is prevalent in jobs including painters, carpenters, and butchers. (Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), n.d.)

Diagnosis of this condition can be confirmed with a simple test. The Mill’s test was developed by G Percival Mills in 1928. Even though it has a level 5 evidence, it is the standard test for diagnosing lateral epicondylitis also known as tennis elbow. (Mill’s Test, n.d.) While pronating the forearm passively and flex the wrist and extend the elbow as you are palpating the lateral epicondyle. It pain occurs, a positive Mills test is noted. (Mill’s Test, n.d.)

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(Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), n.d.)

(Tim Fraticelli – PTProgress, 2020)

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