Golfer's elbow is a painful condition that develops from repetitive movements of the wrist that involve excessive force, such as swinging a golf club for 18-holes. It's also known as medial epicondylitis. Similar to tennis elbow, Golfer's elbow isn't restricted to individuals who play sports regularly.
It's typical to start with at-home treatment, such as rest, ice and NSAIDs for mild pain relief. However, if pain continues, a trip to the doctor may be necessary to pinpoint the exact cause and start a treatment plan that reduces pain and prevents recurrences.
Define Golfer's Elbow
Although Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are similar, the conditions impact the elbow in different locations. For example, golfer's elbow causes pain along the palm side of the forearm. In contrast, tennis elbow occurs on the outside of the elbow.
As a result, patients can develop both conditions at once, which can be extremely painful. In addition, as the condition worsens, the pain may extend from the elbow and wrist on the little finger side of the arm. Further, certain actions can increase or decrease pain, such as bending the wrist toward the palm.