What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is an injury in which strains the forearm muscles used to flex the fingers and wrist. The strain in the forearm muscles creates tension and inflammation in the tendons that connect the muscle to the elbow. Pain becomes present in the bony bump (medial epicondyle) inside the fold of the elbow.
Golfer’s Elbow is not to be confused with “Tennis Elbow”, golfer’s elbow is localised entirely within the inside of the elbow whereas tennis elbow pain is centred on the outside. Although both are common overuse injuries and caused through similar actions, each injury is classed differently.
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How does Golfer’s Elbow occur?
Golfer’s elbow is caused by constant strain of the forearm muscle. This constant strain is caused by the flexing and tension of the finger grip, wrist and forearm actions that take place in golf. This can also happen in general when a person who is not accustomed to these movements plays golf for the first time. Their muscles overcompensate or strain due to the incorrect form or technique.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
Here are some common symptoms of golfer’s elbow, note these are more apparent when tensing your elbow muscles:
- Light to mild pain in the medial epicondyle
- Pain can spread from inside elbow to forearm
- Touching the affected area causes pain
- Weakness in the forearm muscle
Golfer’s elbow is considered a light sporting injury that is commonly caused by overuse. It can usually be treated by rest and if applicable icing the affected area in order to reduce inflammation. Resting the elbow and affected muscles is the key to recovering.
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