Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Updated: Dec. 28, 2010
Golfer's elbow is an inflammatory condition of the inner side, or medial side, of the elbow. It is just one form of tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendon. It is similar to tennis elbow, which affects the outer side of the elbow.
A single violent action or repeated stress on the tendon can cause golfer's elbow. Repeated activity like swinging a golf club or a hammer can put stress on the tendons, which leads to golfer's elbow.
Pain may radiate from the inner side of the elbow into the forearm and wrist. Symptoms also include:
A physical examination by your doctor will diagnose the issue, with focus on location of pain and weakness. Sometimes a magnetic resonance image (MRI) may be helpful to confirm the diagnosis.
Typical treatments include:
Duke Orthopaedics treats golfer's elbow at locations throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
Watch an educational video about treatment for golfer's elbow.