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Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Description

The medical name for golfer’s elbow is “medial epicondylitis.” Like its cousin, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow affects more than those for whom the condition is named. Keep reading to learn who is at risk and how symptoms are alleviated.

Causes & Triggers

  • Improper lifting, throwing or hitting
  • Poor conditioning
  • Repetitive occupational or sports-related motion or stress

Signs & Symptoms

  • Inability to make fist without pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain with everyday motion, gripping or squeezing
  • Stiffness
  • Sudden or gradual pain
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

  • Golfers and anyone who repeatedly stresses the wrist or fingers is at risk for this condition.
  • Golfer’s elbow is most common in men and women age 35+.
  • Strengthening forearm muscles can help prevent it.
  • Treatment may include resting and icing the affected arm and taking pain relievers as needed.
  • While uncommon, surgery may be necessary if symptoms do not resolve within six to twelve months.

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