Golfer's elbow is a painful overuse injury that causes inflammation of the muscle on the inside of the elbow.
The pain from golfer's elbow runs from the bony point of your elbow into your forearm.
Putting too much stress on your muscles, joints, or other tissues without allowing them to recover can cause golfer's elbow.
Although it's one of the more common golf injuries, it doesn't only happen to golfers. Activities that include repetitive forearm movement — such using a screwdriver or painting — can also cause golfer's elbow.
People at risk for golfer's elbow include those who:
To help prevent golfer’s elbow:
To make an appointment for golfer's elbow or other elbow pain, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:
Golfer's elbow symptoms can come on all at once or slowly over time.
You may notice that the pain gets worse when you swing a golf club.
Other things that might cause golfer's elbow pain include:
There is no one test to diagnose golfer's elbow.
To help confirm a golfer's elbow diagnosis, your doctor will:
If your doctor sees signs of a more serious elbow injury, like a fracture, he or she may perform an x-ray.
To make an appointment or learn more about golfer's elbow, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
To treat golfer's elbow, you need to give the joint time to rest and recover. The sooner you take it easy, the sooner you will be able to return to activity.
Avoiding treatment can lead to long-term pain and stiffness of the joint.
UPMC Sports Medicine suggests the following treatments for golfer’s elbow:
To make an appointment or learn more about golfer's elbow treatment and prevention, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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