The condition known as golfers elbow is similar to tennis elbow in that it is the result of injury to the tendons around the elbow joint. The main difference is that it occurs on the inner portion of the elbow where tennis elbow occurs on the outer portion. The condition is known clinically as medial epicondylitis, and is characterised by pain and inflammation to the tendon holding the muscles to the inner part of the elbow.
Golfer’s elbow is usually caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons.
Golfers frequently exhibit the condition, hence it’s name. However, any repetitive motion that puts undue stress on the muscle group can cause the condition. This includes DIY, bowling and basketball.
Symptoms of golfers elbow include swelling, tenderness, and local pain that may run down the forearm and into the wrist. The pain might prevent you from doing simple things like holding a glass to your mouth, lifting shopping bags or opening a door.
As well as treating your elbow, a chiropractor will always check your neck for any dysfunction, as a loss of spinal movement can lead to a weakness in the arm muscles. This is often an underlying cause as you stand a greater risk of incurring golfers elbow if you have weak forearm muscles and then engage in some sort of activity that puts a lot of strain on your elbows.