Tennis Elbow vs. Golfer’s Elbow – the Battle of the Elbow Tendonitis
Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are two common forms of tendonitis that affect the elbow. While they have similar symptoms and occur in the same area, some differences exist in their causes and the specific tendons involved.
What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)?
Tennis elbow is usually caused by repetitive or strenuous activities involving wrist extension and forearm rotation, such as playing tennis, painting, or using a screwdriver. The pain and inflammation occur on the outside of the elbow, specifically at the lateral epicondyle, which is the bony prominence on the outer side of the elbow.
Common symptoms of tennis elbow include pain, tenderness, and weakness on the outside of the elbow. The pain may radiate down the forearm and worsen with activities that involve gripping or lifting.
What is Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)?
Golfer’s elbow is typically caused by repetitive or forceful activities involving wrist flexion and forearm rotation, such as swinging a golf club, throwing, or lifting heavy objects. The pain and inflammation occur on the inside of the elbow, specifically at the medial epicondyle, which is the bony prominence on the inner side of the elbow.
Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include pain, tenderness, and stiffness on the inside of the elbow. The pain may radiate down the forearm and worsen with gripping or twisting motions.
Similarities of Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow
Both tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow involve inflammation and irritation of the tendons around the elbow joint. Both conditions cause pain and discomfort around the elbow region, although on opposite sides. Lastly, the treatment approaches for both conditions typically involve rest, ice, physical therapy exercises, pain medication, and corticosteroid injections or surgery in severe cases.
Treatments for Elbow Tendonitis
The most common treatments for golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow typically involve a combination of conservative approaches to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Common treatments include:
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