Golfer's elbow is irritation of the finger tendons on the inside of the elbow. Classically it arises in golf players
but is becoming common in computer users.
Symptoms of golfer's elbow
- Pain: On the inside of the elbow which radiates down the forearm
- Difficulty gripping: Pain or weakness when grasping objects
- Ache: On the palm side of the forearm
What causes golfer's elbow?
Golfer's elbow is caused by weakness or fatigue in the muscles that close the fingers and bend the wrist in, making them
more susceptible to injury. When this muscle cannot contract quickly enough or strongly
enough, the forces are taken by the tendons. This causes irritation and swelling where the tendon connects to the elbow.
What can I do about it?
- Rest: Avoid doing what makes it hurt (typically finger and wrist activity). Proper rest will
give your body a chance to start healing.
- Gentle stretching and massage: Reducing muscle tension will improve flexibility and
resolve the achy sensation. Less muscle tension means less force on the aggravated
- Balancing muscle strength: Strengthening weak muscles and loosening tight muscles
is crucial to achieving full recovery.
Other similar problems
- Muscle tension: Hypertension affects the muscle but also the tendons, joints and
sometimes even the nerves. Regular stretches are very effective at keeping tension down.
- Arthritis: The wear and tear of joints can lead to pain. Arthritic joints are typically stiff and
painful but there are certain stretches which can help.
- Tendon tearing: Usually only occurs following a traumatic injury. This severe condition
may require surgery depending on the extent of the damage.
- Nerve irritation: Damage to the nerve which passes behind the inside of the elbow can
create pain and weakness in the forearm and hand.
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