Golfers Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at the elbow.  Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow.  However, golfer’s elbow occurs on the inside of the elbow rather than the outside.  

What is Golfer’s Elbow 

Golfer’s elbow is a condition that affects many people beyond the sport of golf.  Similar to many golf injuries, golfer’s elbow is an overuse injury that stems from a repeated motion.  Golfer’s elbow is not limited to golfers.  In fact, it can occur in almost any daily activity that requires repeated forearm flexor movements.  Examples of everyday activities include: writing, typing, hammering, painting and wrist curls at the gym.  Frequently, at the time of injury, there is no pain felt if the person is warmed up and involved in an athletic activity like golf or tennis. 

Golfer’s elbow can last a week, month, year or even longer than a year, depending on how the strained fibers heal.  Repetition of how the injury occurs results in prolonged healing time.  The injury can worsen and pain can spread from the elbow to the wrist. 


One of the causes of golfer’s elbow is the lack of strength and flexibility.  For example, a healthy wrist should have the capability of moving 90 degrees.  However, limited flexibility places a greater chance of injury.  Avoid overuse, if you feel pain during an activity than stop.  Placing additional stress on muscles, tendons and joints over time can  result in an overuse injury.  


Those who suffer from golfer’s elbow experience a number of different symptoms.  Pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow is typical.  It can extend down the forearm.  The elbow may feel stiff and might hurt to clench a fist.  Weakness is generally experienced in the hand and wrist.  Finally, numbness or tingling sensation can be felt down the forearm into fingers. 


People who suffer from golfer’s elbow should seek medical attention.  Rest and ice should help give the injury time to heal.  Many opt to use a brace to help alleviate pain in the area.  There are numerous braces that help cushion the injury and compress the necessary muscle.  The brace is meant to comfortably fit around the arm and provide immediate relief from golfer’s elbow pain.  A good brace should not affect your range of motion.


 There are many different braces that will help reduce pain caused from golfer’s elbow.


Matt Keller, PGA                                                                                                                                                     

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