About Sports Injuries: Making the Diagnosis

Your own description of what happened normally makes the nature of the injury fairly clear to a doctor or sports injury specialist. There are also a number of standard tests for sports injuries; they all involve flexing the joint or tendon in question. In tennis elbow, for example, you are asked to place your forearm on a table and to flex your wrist forwards or backwards while the doctor restrains your hand. Depending on the nature of the injury, there's the option of x-rays and other scans, but these are usually only necessary in severe injuries and fractures.

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