Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, occurs when the muscles attached to your elbow are inflamed and irritated. The area affected occurs on the inside of your elbow (indentation at your elbow area).
Golfer’s elbow tends to occur on the dominant hand and can happen to anyone regardless of gender. It manifests due to micro-tears at the tendon followed by an insufficient recovery period at the site of inflammation.
What causes golfer’s elbow?
A golfer’s elbow is the result of:
Repetitive movement: constant movement of the forearm, usually involving repetitive occupational tasks can cause golfer’s elbow.
Overdoing certain workouts: such as bicep curls with weights that are too heavy and beyond the muscular capacity of your arm.
“Cold muscle”: or too little warmup of the area followed by overexertion of your joints.
Acute trauma: an accident or high-impact object hitting the elbow leading to violent contraction of the muscle.
What are the symptoms of golfer’s elbow?
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:
Sharp jolting pain in the elbow
Pain in the elbow when bending or twisting your wrist
Pain when lifting things regardless of weight
Elbow is tender and sensitive to touch
Occasional locked or stiff elbow
Difficulty gripping objects
If you notice any of the symptoms, make an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Puah KL is our Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Artisan Sports & Orthopaedic Surgery. He used to serve the sports service of Singapore General Hospital - the highest volume trauma centre for orthopaedics in Singapore.