Quick Facts on Golfer’s Elbow

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

  • Also known as lifter’s elbow, medial epicondylitis, medial epicondylalgia or medial epicondylopathy
  • An injury to the muscles/tendons where they connect to the bone on the inside of the elbow
  • Typically involves the flexor carpi radialis and pronator teres muscles
  • If your palm is facing up, it generally affects the muscles that flex/curl your hand and fingers towards the ceiling, and turn you palm down towards the ground

What causes inner elbow pain?

  • Excess strain on the tendons
  • Repetitive/chronic overuse 
  • High force/torque placed on the muscles (often related to sports or occupation)

What are common symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow?

  • Pain and/or weakness with gripping and lifting objects
  • Pain and/or weakness with pulling movements
  • Pain worse at night
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Tenderness/bruised feeling on inside of elbow

How can therapy help with medial elbow pain?

  • Advice on modifying certain activities based on your specific case
  • Exercises to help with pain relief, improve strength and function, and help you return to your activities. This is the most evidence-based treatment for this condition.
  • Hands-on manual therapy or acupuncture to help with pain relief and movement of your arm

For a more detailed explanation on tendon pain and injuries, check out our tendinopathy blog.