Indications:

Kaplan’s test is an elbow examination used to test for  lateral epicondylitis.

Procedure:

Patient seated with elbow fixed 90°, two-part test:

  1. Grip strength assessed with dynamometer.
  2. Tennis elbow braced ~3cm below elbow joint line, reassessment of grip strength.
Kaplan's test for eblow

Patient seated with elbow fixed 90°, two-part test: Grip strength assessed with dynamometer. Tennis elbow braced ~3cm below elbow joint line, reassessment of grip strength.

Interpretation:

(+) Increased grip strength or decreased pain in the presence of an elbow brace → Lateral epicondylitis.

Clinical notes:

The results of this test are very suggestive of the treatment parameters you should use to assist patient (application of an elbow brace).