Golfer’s Elbow

Conditions / Wrist Pain

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What Is It?

Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is an elbow injury that often occurs due to overuse. Despite its name, it can occur not only in golfers but also in individuals engaged in various repetitive activities.

The main characteristic of golfer’s elbow is pain at the inner bony part of the elbow, specifically at the origin of the flexor-pronator tendons. This condition can occur as frequently from non-sporting activities as from sports.

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Why Is It Happening?

For instance, activities like using a hammer or a screwdriver for an extended period can lead to golfer’s elbow. If you have ever experienced elbow pain after manually assembling furniture without the aid of power tools, such as using a miniature screwdriver or hammering in wooden dowels, you may have encountered this condition.

In general, any activity involving prolonged wrist flexion and pronation, such as golfing, rock climbing, swimming, throwing, or occupations that require repetitive hand, wrist, and forearm motions, can contribute to the development of medial epicondylitis.

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