What is Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)?
Golfer’s elbow, otherwise known as medial epicondylitis, is commonly seen in adults between the ages of 20-49 years. This elbow condition is caused by damage to the flexor and pronator tendons attaching at the medial epicondyle of the elbow. The muscles and tendons may be injured from overuse, traumatic injury or poor body mechanics during sports. Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California orthopedic elbow specialist, Dr. Jervis Yau is highly experienced at treating golfer’s elbow in athletes of all levels and returning them to their active lifestyles.
Despite being called “golfer’s elbow,” many people with this condition are not golfers. Overuse injury of the medial elbow may be see in laborers, overhead throwers, and racquet sports.
What are Common Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow?
Symptoms of medial epicondylitis include tenderness and pain located on the inner portion of the elbow. The pain is typically felt with simple movements such as twisting a doorknob, squeezing an item or shaking hands. Other symptoms may include weakness, numbness, and tingling that sometimes can radiate into the forearm, wrist and hand.