Symptoms of Tennis & Golfers Elbow

By Patrick Cameron
Golfer's elbow is often caused from stressful repetitive motions.
Golfer's elbow is often caused from stressful repetitive motions.

Golfer's Elbow. Tennis Elbow. They're both basically the same thing--caused by a condition known as medial epicondylitis. What happens with golfer's elbow is that the tendons of your forearm muscles that attach to the bone on the inner elbow joint become inflamed and cause pain. Tennis elbow is a little different in that it happens to the tendons on the outside of the elbow but it can also affect the inner elbow because tennis players, like golfers, hold a instrument in their hands and use a repetitive motion to swing it. Either way, medial epicondylitis is no fun and it can put a real damper on your game of golf. There are certain indicators that you can look for to diagnose if you're suffering from a case of golfer's elbow.

Pain

Pain and tenderness on the inner elbow and, occasionally, running down the entire length of the forearm to the wrist is one of the prominent symptoms of golfer's elbow.

Weakness

The weakness you feel may not affect your forearm as much as it does the wrist and hand. A good way to check how bad it is is to squeeze your fist together.

Stiffness

Your elbow joint may not move as fluidly as normal and it may hurt when you make a fist.

Tingling and Numbness

Often times, a case of golfer's elbow will be accompanied by numbness or tingling that moves down from the forearm and radiates through the fingers.

Severity

An initial case of golfer's elbow doesn't have to be serious and with a few days of rest, ice and ibuprofen it can be treated. But going out before you've allowed the tendon to heal will make it worse and make your recovery time longer.

About the Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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