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We all know that trips back and forth to Doctors can really start to add up, especially when you are trying to overcome a stubborn injury such as tennis elbow.
Before you make your an appointment with your Doctor to get to the bottom of your elbow injury
I want to share with you 4 tennis elbow tests that you can do quickly at home.
But here’s the best part …
It won’t cost you a dime and they take literally less than 30 seconds to do!
Even if you are on a train right now for your daily commute or sitting in your office chair, you can quickly give them a shot.
How great is that!
Now the great thing about doing an easy at home test is that it will not only provide you with immediate feedback and reassurance that you do indeed have tennis elbow but …
If you have been following a proven, in home treatment program such as Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed, the results from these tests can give you an indication of how you are progressing with your treatment and if your pain is improving.
These examples can be used on anyone irregardless of how long you’ve had your injury.
And even for those who are in the acute and/or chronic phase of their condition.
Irregardless of age or sex.
Let’s get started … here we go!
1) Palpitating your elbow
Basically all you do is press and touch around the outer area of your elbow.
Bend your elbow and search for the small bony protrusion on the outside of your elbow and simply start pressing there with your fingers.
Move up from there into your forearm extensor muscles to see if you have any pain or discomfort.
Press firmly but don’t go all out.
There should be a specific area quite close to your “elbow bone” where it hurts the most.
2) Hand resistance test
Bend your affected arm at 90 degrees.
Keep your fingers straight, perpendicular to the floor.
Reach around with your other hand and grasp the back of your hand and try to force your hand/wrist down.
Resist against the applied pressure of your opposite hand.
Do you have pain on the outer side of your elbow when you resist?
Yes or no?
Note that this test is similar to the Cozen’s test for tennis elbow.
3) Middle finger resistance
This test is pretty much exactly the same as number 2 but this time you simply apply the force to your middle finger instead of your entire hand.
Again bend your affected elbow to 90 degrees.
Reach around with your other hand and use your middle finger to try and push the middle finger of the hand on your affected arm away.
Resist against the applied pressure.
Are you experiencing pain in your elbow – yes or no?
Answering yes to any of these tests signifies a tennis elbow injury.
4) Chair lift test
This is by far the most challenging and hardest to do but don’t let that scare you.
To successfully perform this one, you will need a really light chair or an item that is less than 10 pounds or 5 kilos.
Stand with your affected arm straight out in front of you.
Bring your thumb, index finger, middle finger and fourth fingers together.
This leaves your pinky finger out of the test and extended outwards.
Now grasp the chair only with these fingers and try to lift it with your arm straight and extended out in front of you.
Lift from the floor up and back down at least 3 times.
Again, do you feel any pain in your elbow?
Pain is just one of the symptoms of tennis elbow.
Others can include elbow stiffness, go here for more on that, pain that gets worse when you squeeze and grip an object, and even opening your refrigerator door – causes elbow discomfort.
Remember that not only are these effective tests to help confirm a diagnosis but
They can be used as a measuring tool and/or guide for individuals who are in the recovery phase of their injury.
If so, then this is definitely an indication that you are suffering from tennis elbow.
But here is the best part …
If you were to make an appointment with your Doctor, he/she would most likely only do 2 of the tests.
I’m willing to bet they would do test 1 and 2.
And if you failed either one, the Doctor would most likely send you to a specialist for a second opinion.
And you know what that means …
It’s not really your Doctor’s fault because
They don’t normally specialize in tennis elbow nor are they experts in the field of repetitive strain injuries.
That’s one of the main reasons why I created and developed an in home treatment program for tennis elbow.
Because I got sick of flushing money down the toilet trying to completely recover from tennis elbow.
Perhaps you can relate?
I spent over $789 on all of the “quick fix” therapies that were recommended by my Doctor:
– Elbow braces
– Pain meds
– Cortisone shots
– Shock wave therapy
– PRP injections
– Physical therapy
And years later I still suffered from tennis elbow.
By now you are probably shaking your head because you most likely have already tried at least one or more of these failed remedies.
But here’s the kicker.
To this very day, Doctors still tell their patients to try these traditional treatments when in fact
You’d be better off not doing anything at all for your elbow instead of wasting money on useless things that simply don’t work.
That’s why you really need to listen to this next sentence.
Because it can make a huge difference in how long it takes to completely recover …
Instead of going around in circles only treating your symptoms and not addressing the root cause of your condition.
Tennis elbow can be completely healed, repaired, cured and treated from the chair, couch, and seat your are currently sitting on.
And what’s even better
Is that it takes only 5 easy-to-follow steps, every other day.
It really doesn’t get any easier than that!
is the author of Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed which has been teaching individuals how to overcome their tennis elbow injury at home since 2005 with over 1,767,986 copies sold.
He is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Rehab Specialist based in Vancouver, BC, Canada