Planning on Golfing this Season? Avoid Golfer’s Elbow!

Planning on Golfing this Season? Avoid Golfer’s Elbow!

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Snow has been an ongoing element for the better part of 2014 and many people are happy to see the cold and wet weather go away. But with the end of winter, marks the return of spring and a chance to go out and enjoy the sunny weather. No doubt, many golfers will be eager to get out on the golf course and play a few holes with their friends.

If you are looking forward to golfing this season, be sure to try and avoid a painful condition known as golfer’s elbow. The condition causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. Golfer’s elbow is caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Repetitive flexing, gripping, or even swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons.

Golfer’s elbow includes pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow. This pain can also extend along the inner side of your forearm. Some other characteristics include stiffness, weakness, and numbing, or tingling in the arm. The pain can appear suddenly or gradually over time.

This condition doesn’t just affect golfers. Any sport that causes repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions has the potential to become golfers elbow. Some of these sports include tennis, bowling, and baseball. People may also get this condition from using tools such as screwdrivers, hammers, raking, and painting. Golfer’s elbow is not as well-known as its cousin, tennis elbow. Both are forms of elbow tendinitis. The difference is that tennis elbow stems from damage to tendons on the outside of the elbow, while golfer’s elbow is caused by tendons on the inside. Golfer’s elbow is also less common.

If you are experiencing constant pain from any condition, schedule a visit with us at the Illinois Pain Institute. Let a professional help you feel better! Call us today at 1 (800) 340-7246 or schedule an appointment!

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