Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) affects the bony bump on the inside portion of the elbow (the medial epicondyle).
There is pain and tenderness over the affected part. Pain may spread down the forearm. You may notice loss of strength when grasping items or squeezing your hand into a fist.
Golfer’s elbow, as the name implies, can be triggered by playing golf. It can also be caused by other activities such as tennis, baseball, hammering or chopping wood.
Golfer’s elbow is an overuse injury which if not treated is likely to get progressively worse.
Initial treatment involves applying ice, resting the arm and anti-inflammatory medicines. You may need physical therapy and special exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the forearm. For severe persistent pain you may be offered steroid injections or surgery.
Last Reviewed: 12 August 2009