Golfer's Elbow: Understanding and Management

Golfer's Elbow, medically known as medial epicondylitis, is a condition that differs significantly from radiculopathy. It involves pain and inflammation of the tendons that attach to the medial (inside) epicondyle of the elbow, usually due to overuse or strain.

What Exactly Is Golfer's Elbow?

Golfer's Elbow is a type of tendinitis that affects the inner part of the elbow, leading to pain and tenderness, primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow.

Common Causes of Golfer's Elbow

Repetitive Stress

Especially from golfing or similar sports activities.

Excessive Force

Like lifting heavy objects or using improper technique in sports.

Occupational Activities

That involve repetitive wrist and arm motions.

Understanding these causes is vital for effective treatment and prevention strategies.

Signs and Symptoms

Typical symptoms of Golfer's Elbow include:
Pain and Tenderness

Mostly on the inside of the elbow, possibly extending along the forearm.


Difficulty in making a fist.


In hands and wrists

Numbness or Tingling

These sensations might radiate into one or more fingers (usually the ring and little fingers).

Diagnosing Golfer's Elbow typically involves a physical examination, and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs are required.

What Causes Golfer's Elbow?

Factors contributing to Golfer's Elbow include:

Repeated stress and force to the forearm muscles.

Improper Technique

In sports like golf or in occupational activities that put strain on the elbow.

Treatment Options

Treatment for Golfer's Elbow focuses on relieving pain and restoring normal function:
Rest and Ice

To reduce pain and swelling.

Physical Therapy

Exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles.

Bracing or Strapping

To reduce strain on the elbow during activities.


Such as NSAIDs for pain relief and to reduce inflammation.

Corticosteroid Injections

In severe cases, to reduce inflammation and pain.


As a last resort, if conservative treatments don't bring relief.

Wellness Docs Can Help

Wellness Docs can provide a tailored approach to managing Golfer's Elbow, focusing on individualized treatment plans that may include physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and specific exercises to strengthen and stretch the forearm muscles.

Risk Factors If Left Untreated

Ignoring Golfer's Elbow can lead to chronic pain, reduced range of motion, and a gradual weakening of the forearm muscles. Early intervention is crucial for preventing these complications.


Preventive measures include using proper technique in sports and activities, strengthening and stretching forearm muscles regularly, and avoiding overuse. Immediate treatment is essential for optimal recovery in managing Golfer's Elbow.If you're experiencing symptoms of Golfer's Elbow, it's advisable to seek medical attention. Wellness Docs or other healthcare professionals can provide comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plans to effectively manage your condition and improve your elbow health.

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