Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

Find out more about tennis and golfer’s elbow and how Torrance Pain Institute can help you manage your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

What is tennis and golfer’s elbow? 

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are injuries that happen to the tendons of the forearm muscles to the elbow bone. Tennis elbow is called lateral epicondylitis, and golfer’s elbow is medial epicondylitis. The difference is that lateral epicondylitis affects tendons in the outer side of the elbow.

What are the symptoms of tennis elbow?

For tennis elbow, the most common symptoms are the sensation of pain that radiates from the outer side of the elbow down to the forearm. This symptom also includes tenderness around the exterior side of the arm, weakness of grip or along the forearm, and pain when trying to grip things such as tennis racquet handles. The last symptom is most prominent during backhand strokes.

What is golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is attributed to the tendons in the inner side of the elbow. Similar to tennis elbow, both of them occur during repetitive stress of the tendon due to overuse.

What are the symptoms of golfer’s elbow?

The symptoms are similar to tennis elbow but get felt in the inner side of the arm and elbow. The pain and tenderness happen on the inside of the elbow, and there is a weakness in the hand or wrist tennis elbow. There may also be a tingling, numb sensation in the fingers and it gets challenging to grip handles due to the pain.

What is the treatment for tennis and golfer’s elbow?

Apart from rest and limited use of the injured arm, lateral and medial PRP epicondyle injections may provide immediate relief in pain and improved movement in the arm. Schedule a consultation at Torrance Pain Institute and find the best solution for your case of tennis or golfers’ elbow.