Don’t Let Golfer’s Elbow Keep You off the Green

Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow (both are forms of elbow tendonitis) but occurs on the inside of the elbow rather than the outside. There will be inflammation along the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. Pain is typically associated with the inflammation and may spread into the forearm and wrist. 

Despite its name, this condition doesn’t just affect golfers. Any repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions can lead to golfer’s elbow. Risky sports include tennis, bowling, and baseball; in fact, it's sometimes called pitcher's elbow. People may also acquire it from raking, painting, or using tools like screwdrivers and hammers. 

Golfer’s elbow can also be attributed to using the wrong equipment, such as a golf club or tennis racket that is too heavy or that has a grip that is too large. 

If you suffer from golfer’s elbow, getting treatment is just as crucial as it is for any other overuse injury. Apply ice to your elbow for 15 – 20 minutes, three to four times per day. It is also helpful to rest the injured elbow for a few weeks. Contact an elbow specialist if pain persists. 

For information regarding golfer’s elbow and available treatment options, call our experts at Southern California Orthopedic Institute at (818) 901-6600 or schedule an appointment online.