Golfer’s elbow — also known as medial epicondylitis — is pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle). The pain may spread into your forearm and wrist. Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow. But it occurs on the inside — rather than the outside — of the elbow. And it’s not limited to golfers. Tennis players and others who repeatedly use their wrists or clench their fingers can develop golfer’s elbow. The pain of golfer’s elbow doesn’t have to keep you off the course or away from your favorite activities. With rest and appropriate treatment, you can get back into the swing of things.
Signs and symptoms
Golfer’s elbow is characterized by pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow. Sometimes the pain extends along the inner side of the forearm. Your elbow may feel stiff, and it may hurt to make a fist. You may have weakness in your hands and wrists.
The pain of golfer’s elbow may appear suddenly or gradually. The pain may get worse when you:
Golfer’s elbow is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers. The damage is typically related to excess or repetitive stress — especially forceful wrist and finger motions. Sometimes golfer’s elbow begins after a sudden force to the elbow or wrist.
Many activities can lead to golfer’s elbow, including:
The sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you’ll be able to return to your usual activities.
For further information on golfer’s elbow or any other sports injury can make enquiries to a SSP Physiotherapist on 9583 5248 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org