Golfer’s Elbow

It is a condition that causes pain on the inner side of the elbow. The pain in joint spread into your forearm & wrist.

 

Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, which occurs on the outside of the elbow.

 

It is not limited to golfer’s. Tennis players and others who repeatedly use their wrist can also develop golfer’s elbow.

Symptoms

 

Pain – Usually on the inner side of elbow. The pain sometimes extend along the inner side of forearm. Pain worsens with certain movements.

 

  • Stiffness – elbow may feel stiff and making fist might hurt.
  • Weakness – You may have weakness in your hand and wrist.
  • Numbness or tingling – These sensation might radiate to one or more fingers usually the ring & little finger.
  • Pain sometimes might rediate to the inner aspect of albow and also ring and little finger.

 

Causes

 

Excess or repeated stress – especially forceful wrist & finger movements, improper lifting, throwing or hitting as well as too little warm up or poor conditioning can also contribute to golfer’s elbow. Other activities and occupation that can lead to golfers elbow.

 

  • Racket Sport’s – Tennis shots especially backhand can cause injury to the hand.
  • Throwing sports – improper pitching techniques in baseball or soft ball.
  • Weight training – lifting weight using improper techniques such as curling wrist during a biceps curl.
  • Forceful repetitive occupational movement such plumbing, carpentry & construction.

 

Diagnoses

 

Usually diagnosed on the basis of the clinical history and a physical exam by the doctor.

 

MRI will be an investigation of choice to see the changes in the tendon.