Elbow Examination

Elbow complaints are often related to pain e.g. epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow), fractures and bursitis, although can also be skin related with regards to other medical conditions e.g. psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Occasionally elbow problems can also cause ulnar nerve entrapment.

The elbow examination, along with all other joint examinations, is commonly tested on in OSCEs.  You should ensure you are able to perform this confidently.

The examination of all joints follows the general pattern of “look, feel, move” and occasionally some special tests.

Subject steps

  1. On completion, thank the patient for their time and wash your hands. You should now report your findings to the examiner.