Golfer's elbow is a condition affecting the muscles of the wrist that flex. It is common especially in golfers who grip their club tightly. However it is also common in non-golfers, for example, in jobs where people type a lot, or reach for heavy objects, as well as weight-lifters. This is because the act of gripping places tension on the attachment of the forearm flexors where they insert onto the elbow.
Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
Tennis elbow is a similar condition to golfer's elbow, however on the opposite side of the forearm. It involves excess tension of the forearm extensors where they insert on the outside of the elbow. Typically it is seen in tennis players from their 'back-hand' swing, where gripping of the racquet handle, in combination with the force of the ball on the strings places stress on the elbow.
Treatment initially consists of stopping the affected activity, and anti-inflammatory medication. After the acute pain dissipates, a stretching program, elbow brace, and elbow strengthening help tremendously.
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