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Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Golfer’s elbow is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Tendons around the elbow joint become inflamed, causing pain and tenderness. Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are similar, the primary difference between the two is the location of the pain. Golfer’s elbow is usually caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. The pain centers on the bony bump on the inside of your elbow and may radiate into the forearm. It can usually be treated effectively with rest.
Despite the name, this condition doesn’t just affect golfers. The cause of this injury can vary from a single violent action or can occur gradually from repetitive stresses on the tendon. Golf is one common cause of these symptoms, but many other sport- and work-related activities can cause the same problem. Risky sports include tennis, bowling, and baseball. People may also get it from using tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or painting.

Golfer’s elbow is not as well known as its cousin, tennis elbow. Both are forms of elbow tendinitis. The difference is that tennis elbow stems from damage to tendons on the outside of the elbow, while golfer’s elbow is caused by tendons on the inside. Golfer’s elbow is also less common.

Some Common Symptoms:

Pain or burning on the outer part of your elbow
Weak grip strength

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. Please give us a call at (561) 840-1090 to speak with one of our highly skilled specialists.