For those of us who are sports enthusiasts, whether for recreational purposes only or for the pure competition in it, regular participation in our favored activities can lead to certain injuries. As for myself, I have endured aching muscles from years in tennis, sore feet from thousands of miles run in races, and I have even gone under the knife for injuries sustained in my exciting, yet short-lived, kick-boxing endeavors! I did take up the game of golf once, but I never could quite get the hang of it…or, shall I say, swing of it! Needless to say, with all of the beautiful golf courses across the world, there are thousands of golfers out there who cannot seem to get enough of the game. For some of those folks, a nagging condition called Golfer’s Elbow may temporarily pull them off the course and into the club house.
In short, Golfer’s Elbow is pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow. This is where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. The pain can spread into the forearm and into the wrist.
Also known as medial epicondylitis, Golfer’s Elbow is similar to tennis elbow, but it occurs on the inside instead of on the outside of the elbow. Those who are in sports that require repeated use of the wrist or clenching of the fingers are susceptible to this condition.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow include pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow. This pain can extend along the inside of the forearm. The elbow may feel stiff, and the simple act of making a fist can hurt. There may be weakness in the hands and in the wrists. Sometimes numbness or tingling may radiate into the fingers, such as the ring finger and the little finger. Simple acts such as shaking hands, turning a doorknob, or picking up something with the palm turned down may cause pain.
The damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and forearm is usually related to excess or repetitive stress. The forceful wrist and finger motions associated with a golf swing are examples of the types of motions that can create this condition.