How is tennis elbow diagnosed?

Tennis elbow cannot be diagnosed from blood tests or X-rays. The condition is diagnosed by the description of pain you provide to your doctor (clinical history) and findings during a physical examination. It can be confirmed by ultrasound or MRI.

Since many other conditions can cause pain around the elbow, it is important that you see your doctor so the proper diagnosis can be made. Then your doctor can prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy