Golfer's elbow

What is golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is when there is inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the elbow.


Repetitive strain on the inside of the elbow, for example from playing golf, can cause inflammation of the tendons in this area.


Inflammation of the tendons in this area can cause pain and tenderness; symptoms can become worse if they are not treated.


Following a medical examination, the diagnosis is usually backed up by an X-ray and, in some cases, an MRI scan to assess the extent of any damage.


Most people do not need to have surgery; effective stretching techniques before sport, physiotherapy, or an arm brace may be enough for symptoms to disappear. In some cases, you may be offered steroid injections and, if your symptoms don’t improve, extracorporeal shockwave therapy can substantially speed up recovery.