Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

  • Pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow, in the region of the bony bump. The pain may extend into the forearm. Initially, the pain may only occur following activity but may eventually interfere with activity, as well as interfere with daily activities such as picking up groceries or twisting door handles.
  • Stiffness on the inside of your elbow, especially in the morning or after the elbow has not moved for a period of time, such as watching a movie. The stiffness is usually most prominent when the elbow is fully straightened but may also occur when the elbow is nearly bent.
  • Weakness of your grip, almost always associated with pain.
  • Swelling is uncommon unless there has been an acute injury.
  • Numbness and tingling are also uncommon and do not directly result from Golfer’s elbow.  The ulnar nerve (“funny bone” nerve) passes close to the tendons and may also become irritated.  This may result in pain, numbness, or tingling shooting into the fingers.

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