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Understanding Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer's elbow is a condition most commonly seen in those who regularly play golf and other similar sports. It involves inflammation and pain at the inner elbow, where the forearm muscle tendons attach to the elbow's bony bump. The pain associated with this condition has the potential to make its way to the forearm and wrist. Also known as epicondylitis, this condition is similar to tennis elbow.
What are the Possible Causes of Golfer's Elbow?
The damage associated with this condition generally stems from repetitive or excess stress, particularly forceful finger and wrist motions. Think about how you swing your golf club. If you are swinging or gripping your golf club incorrectly, your muscles and tendons will get taxed.
Other activities that could lead to this injury, include racket sports, weight training, throwing sports, painting, hammering, typing, raking and chopping wood.
What are the Risk Factor's of Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer's elbow is most often seen in men between 20 and 49 years of age. However, anyone subjected to the above causes of this condition are at risk for developing it.
What are the Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow?
The inner elbow tenderness and pain are very common with this condition. Some people notice a stiff elbow and difficulty making a fist, numbness and tingling that may radiate to the fingers and weakness in the wrists and hands. Pain is often worsened when you are trying to grasp something with your hand. Any pain or symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor. However, there are certain symptoms that require immediate care. These include a suspected broken bone, a deformed-looking elbow, inability to bend your elbow and your elbow being inflamed and hot and you having a fever.
What are the Possible Complications of Golfer's Elbow?
The complications generally arise when this condition is left untreated. These complications may include a lasting bend in the elbow, chronic elbow pain and a limited range of motion. These may or may not be reversible. To avoid the possible complications, it is important to have this condition, even if you just suspect it, evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible so that you can promptly begin treatment.
R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen is a former athlete and current coach. She has a background in nursing, fitness and nutrition and sports nutrition. She combines her passion and education for both sports and health and uses it to influence her writing. Follow Rose on Twitter @Rose_Kitchen
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