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Golfer's Elbow

Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is the inflammation of the tendons that attach the muscles of the forearm to the bone on the inside the elbow joint. The condition is usually caused by repeated, strenuous arm movement. It is common among beginners in golf, but it can result from many kinds of repetitive arm motion, such as hammering or throwing. Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), which is inflammation of the outside of the elbow joint.

The most common symptom is pain in the inside of the elbow and/or the forearm, but feelings of stiffness, weakness and/or tingling may also occur.

Prevention and treatment

In golfers, stretching and maintaining proper swinging form will help prevent this injury. New golfers should get lessons to avoid strain. The first and most important treatment is to rest the arm – to stop doing the motion that caused the injury. NSAID pain medications such as ibuprofen should alleviate the pain and help control the inflammation. If pain continues for several weeks despite rest and pain relievers, consult a sports medicine physician.

Elbow and forearm stretches for golfers
Elbow stretches for golfers, from the HSS video series: Improve Your Game

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