Golfer’s Elbow: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

August 15, 2018

Did you know that golfer’s elbow can happen from gripping or swinging clubs incorrectly or too forcefully? Golf isn’t the only sport that can cause this injury. Activities that require repeatedly bending and straightening the elbow can cause golfer’s elbow as well, such as racket sports like tennis and throwing sports like baseball.


Golfer’s elbow is caused by damage to the tendons and muscles that control your wrist and fingers after undergoing repeated or excess stress. Using a racket that’s too small or heavy in tennis, or using improper pitching technique in baseball, can cause the body to resort to forceful wrist and finger motions that can result in this injury. Those that are over the age of 40 or performing repetitive activities at least two hours per day have a greater risk of developing golfer’s elbow.


Pain and tenderness can be felt on the inner side of your elbow and can extend along the inner side of your forearm with golfer’s elbow. Those with this injury may describe a stiffness in their elbow or a feeling of weakness in their hands and wrists.


To prevent golfer’s elbow, stretch before you begin your activity, and be sure to walk or jog to warm up your muscles. Try using light weights or squeeze a tennis ball to strengthen your forearm muscles. As with most other forms of exercise, rest days are important. If/when the first sign of elbow pain occurs, take a break.


If you develop this injury, be sure to ice to your elbow around three to four times per day for around 15-20 minutes. Do this for several days in a row, and wrap the ice pack in a towel to protect your skin. Stretch the affected area and gradually return to normal activity. Upon your return, try practicing the arm motions of your sport and even review your golf swing with an instructor.

This article was adapted from Mayo Clinic. Read the full article here.

If you have any questions about golfer’s elbow, please contact Campbell Clinic to meet with a physician.


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