Elbow Examination

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Term: 2013
Published: May 7, 2013
Revised: January 22, 2015

The purpose of this unit is to offer a web-based, readily-accessible learning tool for learners to study and improve musculoskeletal exam skills for the elbow.

Components of the unit include:

  • A video showing the complete elbow exam
  • Lists of common causes of elbow pain
  • A brief synopsis for each diagnosis of elbow pain
  • A quick reference guide to specific exam maneuvers
  • Photos and drawings to assist with visualization of elbow anatomy
  • Review of documentation of an elbow exam
  • Links to additional references

This unit is proposed to be used during medical student teaching of the musculoskeletal exam and during the resident sports medicine and orthopedics rotations or during routine clinical visits for patients with musculoskeletal complaints.  

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Learning Objectives


  • To understand the basic elements of musculoskeletal examinations of the elbow.
  • To understand differential diagnosis of common clinical presentations of elbow problems.
  • To know how to differentiate between normal and abnormal assessment findings.


  • To demonstrate familiarity with the tasks needed to perform a complete elbow exam.
  • To be able to generate a differential diagnosis of problems based on elbow exam and history.


  • To express confidence in evaluating for musculoskeletal elbow complaints.
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