Lab Class 19

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lab class:

  • You will be able to execute joint play analysis of the elbow joint.
  • You will be able to examine lateral/medial epicondylitis, as well as, the medial and lateral collateral ligaments of the elbow.

Joint Play and Special Testing of the Elbow

Welcome to Lab Class 19!

After your initial basic assessment of the elbow you might want to assess joint play movements:

Lateral epicondylitis, also referred to as "Tennis elbow" is a common overuse syndrome in which tendons around the lateral humeral epicondyle become inflamed and painful due to repetitive wrist movements (such as in tennis). Watch the three videos below to learn how to assess it.

The same overuse syndrome also exists around the medial epicondyle. Here it is referred to as "Golfer's elbow".

 You might remember the collateral ligaments in the knee joint where you used the valgus and varus stress tests to assess them. In the elbow, you will find the same ligaments and the tests follow the same principles as in the knee joint:


1) Practice the tests in your tutor group.

Preparation for next week:

1) Up next is the hand and wrist. Get familiar with the articulations in this region.