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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.
A tendon is tissue that connects your muscles to bone. Golfer's elbow 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.
There is no one test for this problem. Your doctor may ask questions about your past health and then examine you.
The doctor may press on areas and move your hand and wrists 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.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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