Golfer' Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
What is it?
This condition is caused by pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. Golfer's elbow is an overuse injury caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers. The difference between golfer's elbow and tennis elbow is that golfer's elbow affects the inner side of the elbow, while tennis elbow affects the outer side.
Causes, Symptoms and Risk Factors
Golfer's elbow results from overuse and makes repeated wrist and finger motions. It does not just affect golfers; anyone who exerts repetitive stress on their fingers and joints can get golfer's elbow. The pain may last for several months.
- Stiffness in the elbow joint
- Pain on the inner side of the elbow
- Weakness in the hands and wrists
- Numbness in the fingers
Golfer's elbow is usually diagnosed during a physical examination and review of symptoms. The doctor may conduct and X-ray to rule out other conditions, such as a fracture or arthritis.
Treatments may include:
- Resting the elbow
- Icing the elbow
- Wrapping the elbow in an elastic bandage
- Taking non-prescription pain relievers
- Receiving a cortisone injection to reduce persistent pain and swelling