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What is golfer's elbow?

Golfer's elbow, otherwise known as medial epicondylitis, is a common overuse injury of the wrist flexor muscle group caused by repetitive overloading of the muscles. The muscles most often involved in medial epicondylitis are the pronator teres and flexor carpi radialis muscles (forearm muscles) and their attachment to the medial elbow (medial epicondyle). Its name is derived from the high prevalence in individuals with this disorder who play golf.

Rick Sayegh
Rick Sayegh on behalf of MDLIVE
Internal Medicine
Tendinopathy (tendinitis or tendinosis) is the most common condition affecting the elbow.

It is called "tennis elbow" or lateral epicondylitis when there is an injury to the outer elbow tendon.

It is called "golfer's elbow" or medial epicondylitis when there is an injury to the inner elbow tendon.

However, elbow tendinopathy can be caused by sports other than golf and tennis, as well as work-related activities that involve heavy use of the wrist and forearm muscles.
Golfer's elbow is a common name for medial epicondylalgia. It is similar to tennis elbow, but symptoms manifest on the inside of the elbow where the wrist flexor muscles attach. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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