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Maudsleys Test

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Other Names

  • Maudsley's Test
  • Resisted Middle Finger Extension Test


Maudsleys Test
Clinical demonstration of Maudsley's Test[1]
  • Evaluate the cause of elbow or forearm pain by stressing the Extensor Digitorum on the middle finger


  • The patient is seated or standing
  • The examiner places one hand on the common extensor tendon
  • The examiner then asks the patient to extend the middle finger of the affected arm
  • Positive test
    • Pain at the lateral epicondyle or common extensor tendon


  • May perform with hand flat on table or stabilized by examiner
  • Positive test
    • Pain 3-5 cm distal to lateral epicondyle (along common extensor tendon)



See Also


  1. Popinchalk, Samuel P., and Alyssa A. Schaffer. "Physical examination of upper extremity compressive neuropathies." Orthopedic Clinics 43.4 (2012): 417-430.
  2. Saroja, G., Aseer P, A. and P M, V. (2014). DIAGNOSTIC ACCURACY OF PROVOCATIVE TESTS IN LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS. International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research, 2(6), pp.815-823.
Created by:
John Kiel on 6 August 2019 13:52:23
Last edited:
4 January 2023 22:49:55