Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Also known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow occurs when the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at the elbow become inflamed. Similar to tennis elbow, this inflammation occurs with repetitive motion and overuse.

Causes and risk factors

  • Repetition of movement
  • Overuse of the muscle
  • Weakness of the area
  • Hurried golf swing


  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Muscle spasm
  • Muscle weakness
  • Inflammation
  • Cramping

Diagnosis and treatment

Most cases of golfer’s elbow can be treated without surgery with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. In addition, consider modifying your grip and/or the use of a larger grip, if your symptoms are stemming from a racquet sport or golf. If your symptoms do not respond after six to twelve months of nonsurgical golfer’s elbow treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery.


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