Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow, but it occurs on the inside of your elbow. The primary differences between these two conditions are the location of the pain and the activity that leads to the injury. However, both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow joint.
The pain of golfer’s elbow usually occurs at the elbow joint on the inside of the arm accompanied by a shooting sensation down the forearm. Pain is also common while gripping objects.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow. Sometimes the pain extends along the inner side of your forearm.
- Stiffness. Your elbow may feel stiff, and it may hurt to make a fist.
- Weakness. You may have weakness in your hands and wrists.
- Numbness or tingling. Many people with golfer’s elbow experience numbness or a tingling sensation that radiates into one or more fingers, usually the ring and little fingers.