Golfer’s Elbow

The greens are manicured, the sun is bright, and the golfers are swinging with fever! Before heading out, make sure you have done your homework to avoid “golfer’s elbow”. Golfer’s elbow is alike its counterpart, tennis elbow. The actual difference between the two is the location of the pain and the type of sport that can lead to the syndrome. Golfer’s elbow, aka medial epicondylitis, is tendonitis occurring on the inside of the arm causing local pain and inflammation. Tendonitis is caused by overuse of the tendons and muscles of the forearm. This condition can come from improper grip. Have your grip size checked by the pro, or a reputable golf shop. Sloppy swing mechanics can cause golfer’s elbow. This is common at the beginning of the season with an increase in the sport activity itself. Stretching the forearm muscles can prevent or eliminate this tendonitis. By pulling your hand back towards you while the elbow is straight out in front of you for 5-10 seconds. This will stretch the forearm muscles. If the problem persists, consider seeking your medical professional for an evaluation. Remember, don’t hesitate, participate.