What are Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are two similar conditions that occur when the tendons in your elbow get damaged due to excess stress.The main difference between the two conditions is that golfer’s elbow affects tendons on the inside of your elbow and tennis elbow affects tendons on the outside.

What Causes Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow?

These conditions are both caused by overuse and muscle strain. When excess stress is repeatedly put on the tendons in your elbow, it can leave tiny tears in that tissue and cause pain and weakness.

Despite the names for these conditions, they don’t only affect golfers and tennis players. They can be caused by a variety of activities involving repeated stress or forceful motions of the wrist and fingers. That includes:

  • Racquet sports
  • Weight training
  • Using plumbing tools
  • Using screwdrivers
  • Using a computer mouse
  • Painting
  • Insufficient stretching or improper technique during athletic activities

Signs and Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow

Common symptoms of tennis elbow include:

  • Pain on the outside of your elbow.
  • The pain may radiate to your forearm and wrist
  • Pain and weakness may make it difficult to grasp objects or make a fist

Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:

  • pain on the inside of your elbow
  • Pain may extend along the inside of your forearm
  • Stiffness 
  • Pain when making a fist
  • Numbness that may spread to the ring and little fingers

How are Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow Treated?

  • Rest
  • Ice packs
  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery to remove damaged tissue

Physiotherapy for Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow

Physiotherapy can provide a comprehensive and non-invasive solution to help you fully recover from these conditions as soon as possible. Our physiotherapists can provide custom treatment plans that incorporate a variety of therapies, including:

How to Prevent Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow

  • Properly warm-up and stretch before and after exercise
  • Ensure you are using the proper form and technique for athletic activities
  • If your job involves lots of arm bending, take regular breaks
  • Do exercises to strengthen your forearm muscles

Book an Appointment

If you think you may be dealing with a case of tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, you should get it checked out. Getting a custom treatment plan from an experienced physiotherapist is the best way to ensure you recover quickly and completely.