Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are both types of tendonitis that affect the elbow. Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, involves the outer part of the elbow and is often caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, affects the inner part of the elbow and is caused by overuse or strain on the tendons in that area.
Some common symptoms for tennis elbow include pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow, weakened grip strength, and discomfort when lifting or gripping objects. Golfer’s elbow typically causes pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow, difficulty with certain movements of the wrist or hand, and weakness in the hands or wrists.
Treatment for both conditions often involves rest, ice application, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. In some cases, a brace or splint may be recommended to reduce strain on the affected tendon. Severe cases might require corticosteroid injections or, in rare instances, surgery.
Prevention strategies include using proper technique during physical activities, warming up before exercise, using appropriate equipment, and taking breaks to rest the affected area. If you’re experiencing symptoms of either condition, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.