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Written by our Human Movement Specialists

What is Golfer's Elbow?

Golfers elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a type of injury that affects the tendons in the forearm. It is caused by repetitive stress on the tendons that attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. This can lead to pain and inflammation in the affected area, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks that involve gripping or lifting objects. While it is commonly associated with golfers, anyone who performs repetitive arm motions can develop this condition.

A man playing golf

Symptoms of golfer's elbow

The symptoms of golfers elbow include pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. The pain may be worse when gripping or twisting objects, and may also be accompanied by weakness in the affected arm making it difficult to hold things like a jug of milk or a golf club. In some cases, there may also be swelling or stiffness in the elbow joint or possible numbness of the ring and pinky finger

A woman tightening her golfer's elbow brace

Treating golfer's elbow

  1. Elbow bands or straps are designed to offload the tendon to allow the inflammation and irritation to subside. Once applied wearer's often feel almost immediate pain relief and return of grip strength.

  2. Strengthening the muscle of the forearms to condition them for activity, absorb shock and prevent re-injury.

  3. Cold packs to help reduce inflammation.

  4. P3 cream is an all-natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief topical cream.

Prevention tips to avoid tennis elbow in the future

While tennis elbow can be a painful and frustrating injury, there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening in the future. One of the most important things you can do is to use proper technique when performing repetitive motions that involve your arms and wrists, such as typing or using a mouse. It is also important to take frequent breaks and stretch your arms and wrists throughout the day. If you do participate in sports that involve repetitive arm motions, make sure to warm up properly and gradually increase the intensity of your activity after your injury.


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