What are Golfer's Elbow Symptoms?

By J.D. Chi
Pain on the inner elbow is a key symptom of golfer's elbow.
Pain on the inner elbow is a key symptom of golfer's elbow.

A repetitive motion injury, golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is an inflammation on the inside of the elbow where the tendons meet the bone, according to MayoClinic.com. Golfer's elbow differs from the more well-known tennis elbow in that tennis elbow pain occurs on the outside of the elbow. Symptoms of golfer's elbow may appear gradually or suddenly, but may be treated with rest, elevation, ice or over-the-counter pain relievers. See a doctor for persistent symptoms.

Pain

The key symptom of golfer's elbow is pain or tenderness on the inside of the elbow that may extend down the inside of your forearm, according to SportsInjuryClinic.net. Those with golfer's elbow may experience pain on the inner elbow when gripping something tightly, turning the wrist in or flexing the wrist down.

Numbness

Those with golfer's elbow may experience numbness or tingling lower down the arm and in the fingers, particularly the pinkie and ring fingers. The numbness may begin higher up on the arm and radiate down. With this symptom, the feeling of numbness may be most acute when gripping something tightly or turning the affected arm.

Stiffness

Golfer's elbow may result in the elbow feeling stiff. Along with this symptom, you may find it difficult to make a fist, according to MayoClinic.com. The stiffness is the result of swelling around the joint, which can be alleviated with ice and rest. It may be difficult to fully extend the elbow or to lift items.

Weakness

Along with other symptoms, those with golfer's elbow may experience weakness in the hand or wrist, according to MayoClinic.com. Those experiencing weakness in the wrist may benefit from wrapping the wrist or wearing a wrist guard in addition to other treatments.

About the Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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