Similar to other conditions and injuries, the first step in diagnosing tennis elbow is for the doctor to perform an evaluation. In most cases, the doctor will review medical history, ask questions about your specific symptoms, and perform a physical examination to test your range-of-motion and painful spots.
Next, physicians will often order tests to confirm the presence of lateral epicondylitis. Diagnostic imagery such as an X-ray or an MRI can show telltale signs of tennis elbow or can rule out other conditions such as arthritis.
If a doctor diagnoses tennis elbow to be the source of symptoms, the next step is to work together to create a treatment plan to manage symptoms and help promote recovery.