Golfer's elbow

Golfer’s elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) is a condition that causes pain and tenderness around the inner side of the elbow joint.

The condition is called golfer’s elbow because it commonly affects people who play golf.

It also affects people who play sports that involve throwing such as cricket and baseball - as well as climbers or manual workers. However, the condition can affect anybody.

Golfer’s elbow is usually caused by overusing the tendon that attaches the muscles in your forearm to the inner side of your elbow joint. These muscles are the ones that make your fingers curl up in order to grip something.

Degeneration within the tendon results in microscopic tears, causing pain and tenderness around the inner side of your elbow joint - usually where you can feel the bone. The pain is usually triggered by actions that require gripping such as lifting with the palm facing upwards, squeezing or pulling.

The condition can usually be self-managed easily at home. To read more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of tennis elbow, download our patient information leaflet.