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Golfers Elbow

Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is a less-known cousin of the tennis elbow that causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. While tennis elbow is due to damage of tendons on the outside of the elbow, golfer’s elbow is caused by tendons on the inside of the elbow.

Golfers ELbow
Causes of Golfers elbow

Although the name specifies it to be a condition for golfers only but it can occur to any person due to the following reasons:

  • Overuse of the muscles in the forearm that allow gripping, rotating and flexing movement
  • Damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers
  • Excess or repeated stress especially forceful wrist and finger motions
  • Pulls or tiny tears in the tendons due to repetitive flexing, gripping or swinging
  • Improper lifting, throwing or hitting
  • Overusing tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or painting
  • Too little warm-up or poor conditioning
Symptoms of Golfers elbow
  • Pain and tenderness on the bony bump on the inside of the elbow
  • Pain may radiate into the forearm and wrist
  • Pain typically worsens with certain movements
  • Stiffness around elbow that makes it difficult to make a fist
  • Weakness in the hands and wrists
  • Numbness or tingling sensations that might radiate into one or more fingers usually the ring and little fingers