Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow – A Guide

Injuries are an everyday affair. Explicit affair.

You don’t have to play sports to suffer from any kind of injuries. Injuries happen due to accidents, repeated stressful movement of some part of the body and so on.

However there are two types of injuries whose names are associated with two sports but in some way not related to these sports!

They are Tennis elbow and Golfer’s elbow

You do not have to be Tiger Woods or even Roger Federer to attain these injuries. Whether it is a tennis elbow or a golfer’s elbow.

Tennis Elbow

With Sachin Tendulkar making headlines with his ‘tennis elbow’ injury, These injuries usually occur due to a various overuse of the elbows. These overuse injuries caused mainly due to over excessive activity which requires the repetitive motion of the arm and the wrist as well.

Now both these injuries are a form of epicondylitis which is an inflammation of tendons that attach the elbow. Tennis elbow injury affects the lateral or external epicondyle.

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Symptoms of tennis elbow:

Pain from a tennis elbow injury is usually surrounding the external part of the elbow to the forearm and wrist. The pain from the injury is not constant in nature and mainly occurs while grabbing or lifting something. It is important to consult a reputed doctor to make sure the correct diagnosis is made.

Golfer’s Elbow

Medial epicondylitis is an irritation in the inner part of the elbow and arm. The golfer’s elbow is mainly caused by continuous twisting or flexing of the wrist. Tasks such as shovelling, throwing a ball, gardening or playing golf as such can cause  golfer’s elbow as it results in overuse of forearm muscles.

Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow


One of the main symptoms of Golfer’s elbow is the pain on the inside of the elbow especially when lifting the wrist or the hand, twisting the forearm or making a fist. The area of the elbow is usually slightly swollen and even tender to touch.

Treatment for Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow:

Giving the elbow adequate rest helps in the recovery of the elbow in the case of tennis and golf elbow injury. It usually takes several weeks for the elbow to regain its full functioning without any kind of pain.

Applying ice on the inflamed area helps in the reduction of swelling along with consistently doing exercises which stretch and strengthen the muscles on the forearm.

In extreme cases, doctors may also suggest therapy for the arm. It is mainly physical therapy and helps in managing the condition.

Treatment for Tennis and Golfer's Elbow

The game between tennis and golfer’s  elbow is nothing but a clash of positions of the pain. Hence, it is very important to identify the symptoms effectively so that it can be treated accordingly.


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