What is golfer's elbow?

Golfer's elbow is similar in many ways to tennis elbow, a condition which develops on the outside, not the inside, of the elbow. And some racquet sports players can also develop golfer's elbow by using the repetitive motions involved in their sports.

Whether you want to resume playing golf, an occupation, or your everyday activities, there are several treatment options which can be effective.

What causes golfer's elbow?

Golfer's elbow is caused by damage to muscles and tendons which control the fingers and wrist. In general, the damage is caused by wear and tear, which can be the result of a forceful finger and wrist motion.

Symptoms of golfer's elbow

Among the predominant symptoms of golfer's elbow are; elbow stiffness; difficulty making a fist; pain on the inner side of the elbow; tenderness on the inner side of the elbow; weakness in the hands and wrists; numbness; and tingling which can radiate into the fingers.

Treatment options for golfer's elbow

In general, elbow pain and stiffness should initially be treated with rest, ice application and over-the-counter painkillers.

Golfer's elbow would usually be diagnosed via a review of your medical history and a physical examination. Imaging tests such as x-ray or MRI scans could help to rule out other causes of your elbow pain.

For cases in which an individual has been unresponsive to conservative treatments - such as rest, medication, ice treatment, wearing a brace, and regular stretching exercises - over a number of months, surgery can be necessary, although it should be noted that this is uncommon.

The majority of people can overcome golfer's elbow with conservative treatments recommended by their doctor.

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