Golfer's Elbow

Also known as: medial epicondylitis, baseball elbow.

What is golfer's elbow?

Golfer's elbow is the more common term for a medical condition known as medial epicondylitis. Common in golfer’s and other athletes, it occurs when repetitive motion eventually causes inflammation in the tendons or bone of the forearm that attach to the inside of the elbow.

What causes golfer's elbow?

Repetitive motion such as swinging a racket or club, throwing, weight training or movements while working can all contribute to golfer’s elbow. Poor conditioning or improper warm ups prior to exercise can also contribute.

What are the symptoms of golfer's elbow?

Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include pain, stiffness, tenderness, weakness or numbness and tingling in the elbow, arm, wrist or hands.

How can golfer's elbow affect children?

Golfer’s elbow is common in children, and can occur in kids who engage in repetitive motions while playing sports, especially baseball.

What are golfer's elbow treatments?

Over-the-counter pain relievers, rest, ice, stretching and an arm brace are all potential treatments for mild to moderate golfer’s elbow. More severe cases of golfer’s elbow may require surgery, though this is rare.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: April 21, 2021 10:35 AM

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