Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

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Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Medial epicondylitis, better known as Golfer’s Elbow, is when the tendons that attach your forearm to your elbow become inflamed. This condition is referred to as a golfer’s elbow because of how often it occurs in golfers. The consistent motion of swinging a golf club or baseball bat can cause the internal muscles of your forearm to inflame, causing a great deal of pain in your wrist, forearm, and elbow. It’s very similar to a tennis elbow, which happens to the forearm tendons outside your elbow rather than the inside.


  • Pain and tenderness : Pain is typically felt on the inner side of the elbow and forearm and intensifies when you make movements using the tendons and muscles in those areas.
  • Stiffness and weakness : If you try making a fist, your elbow will feel stiff, and your hands and wrists will be extremely weak.
  • Numbness and tingling : You might also experience numbness and tingling in one or more of your fingers.


While many different things and activities can lead to a golfer’s elbow, it often leads to permanent damage to the tendons and muscles that control your wrist and fingers. Golfer’s elbow is most common in active people who exercise, play sports, or lift weights. Any racket, throwing, club, or weight training sport can cause a golfer’s elbow.


While Golfer’s Elbow is painful and inconvenient, it’s not usually a significant health concern. Through a combination of medications, ice, rest, physical therapy, and properly bracing the effective area, most cases of the golfer’s elbow can be resolved. Only major cases require minimally invasive surgery and happen to be a specialty of the surgeons at Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance.

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