Medial epicondylitis is pain over the bone on the inner side of the elbow. The piece of bone that can be felt on the inner side of the elbow is called the medial epicondyle. When the tendons attached to this bone are overstretched or torn, they can become painful. This is called
Medial epicondylitis is commonly called golfer's elbow, but it is not restricted to people who play golf. It can occur in tennis players and other people who repeatedly grip objects tightly.
Golfer's elbow is caused by overusing the flexor muscles of the forearms. Overusing these muscles can stretch or tear the tendons attached to the medial epicondyle.
Improper golf swing technique or grip of golf clubs
Wrong model of golf clubs
Improper technique for hitting a tennis ball
Improper size of tennis racquet or tension of racquet strings
Doing certain arm motions too much, such as:
Tennis strokes (forehand or serve)
Using a hammer or screwdriver
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition, or injury.
Risk factors for medial epicondylitis include:
Playing golf or tennis
Work that requires repetitive gripping or clenching of the fingers
Pain or tenderness on the inner side of the elbow
Pain increases when:
Picking up objects with your palm down
Hitting a forehand in tennis
Swinging a golf club
Applying pressure to this area
Possibly pain extending down the forearm
Tightness of forearm muscles
Stiffness or trouble moving the elbow or hand
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, your recent physical activity, and how the injury occurred. You may not remember the event that caused the injury because golfer's elbow pain develops over time. The doctor will examine your elbow for:
Pain on the inner side of the elbow when:
Doing certain arm motions
Pressing on the medial epicondyle
Stiffness of elbow and pain with wrist movement
are not usually necessary, but the doctor may decide to x-ray your elbow to:
Do not do activities that cause pain. Do not play sports, especially golf and tennis, until the pain is gone.
Apply ice or a cold pack to the inner side of the elbow for 15-20 minutes, four times a day for several days after the injury. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
The following drugs can help to reduce inflammation and pain:
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
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