Golfer’s Elbow Treated by Board Certified Orthopedic Doctors

Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand Center - Baltimore

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, orthopedic surgeons provide expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of elbow conditions, including golfer’s elbow. Mercy's doctors work with patients to provide the best treatment options available to help relieve their golfer’s elbow symptoms.

About the Condition

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) causes pain on the inside of the elbow due to damaged tendons and muscles that control the wrist and fingers. Repetitive movements of the wrist and fingers can injure these tendons and muscles. Golfer’s elbow can develop by participating in repetitive motion activities such as golf, throwing sports, racket sports, or improper weight training. Golfer’s elbow is different than tennis elbow in which pain occurs on the outside of the elbow.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:

  • Pain in the inner side of the elbow and possibly in the inner forearm
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling that may be felt in the ring and little fingers
  • Limited motion

Golfer’s elbow can be diagnosed by taking a medical history and conducting a physical exam. X-rays may be taken to rule out other possible elbow, wrist and hand conditions such as arthritis or fractures.

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for golfer’s elbow include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Pain relievers
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Cortisone injection

If symptoms persist for more than a year, surgery may be a treatment option in order to repair the affected tendons by removing the damaged tissue.