Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

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Medical epicondylitis is characterized by inflammation and pain on the inner side of the elbow where muscles and tendons attach to the bone. The structures involved are the muscles and tendons of the forearm that bring your wrist down (flex the wrist). This occurs not only in golfers but in anyone who performs repeated resisted motions of the wrist. Without proper intervention, this may develop into a chronic problem.

Common Signs and Symptoms


Risk Increases With

Preventive Measures

Expected Outcome

Possible Complications

General Treatment Considerations

Initial treatment consists of medications and ice to relieve pain, stretching and strengthening exercises, and modification of the activity that initially caused the problem. These can all be carried out at home for acute cases. Chronic cases often require referral to a physical therapist or athletic trainer for further evaluation and treatment. A counterforce (“tennis elbow”) brace may be recommended to reduce the forces to the damaged tendon. If symptoms persist, an injection of cortisone and anesthetics or surgical intervention may be required. Surgery is occasionally necessary to excise the damaged tissue. This is done on an outpatient basis (you go home the same day), with resumption of sports at 3 to 6 months.

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This information is provided by Orthopedic Spine and Sport Medicine Center as basic information about a specific orthopedic topic. It is not intended as a personal reply to your specific questions or concerns. It is hoped that the contents of this instruction will help you understand the nature of your orthopedic problem and the possibilities of treatment. The final decision regarding treatment, however, must take into account the possibilities of outcomes and complications and should be made only after consideration and further discussion with your physician. For more information, please contact Orthopedic Spine and Sports Medicine Center at 201-587-1111.



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