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Golfer's elbow is pain or soreness in the inner part of the elbow from movement of muscles and tendons in the arm. But it isn't just a problem with the elbow. It also involves the wrist. When the wrist moves, it affects the tendons that attach to the elbow.
Golfer's elbow is an overuse injury. These kinds of injuries are caused by putting too much stress on your muscles, joints, or other tissues without allowing them to recover. Golfer's elbow is seen most often in people who garden, bowl, play golf, or play baseball.
Golfer's elbow causes pain on the inside of your elbow. Your elbow may feel stiff, and it may hurt when you make a fist. Some people with golfer's elbow feel weakness and tingling in the arm and fingers. These symptoms can happen slowly or quickly. The pain may get worse when you swing a racket or golf club, squeeze a ball, shake hands with someone, turn a doorknob, lift weights, or flex your wrist.
Your doctor may ask about your health. They'll then examine you by pressing on your arm. They may also move your hand and wrist in certain ways to see if that causes pain. These tests will show the doctor if your pain is in your elbow and where in the elbow it is.
The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and allow the tendon in the elbow to heal.
Golfer's elbow can be prevented. Here's how:
Current as of:
March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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