What are golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow, and how are they treated?
Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are commonly used terms to describe inflammation of the tendons on the inside and outside of the elbow due to repetitive strain or stress on the tendon.
Despite what the names may suggest, golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are more common in those whose jobs require repetitive motion of the arm and grasping than it is in athletes.
In fact, contractors, plumbers, painters, and other laborers are among the most commonly affected by these conditions.
The one major difference between golfers’ elbow and tennis elbow is where on the elbow the injury occurs.
Golfer’s elbow – This is also known as medial epicondylitis and affects the tendons on the inside of the elbow.
Tennis elbow – This is also known as lateral epicondylitis and affects the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
If you have golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, the common symptoms can include:
The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.
In most cases, your OrthoNeuro Specialists will recommend conservative treatments for golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow as almost all cases of these injuries get better without surgery.
These treatment options can include:
In rare instances, your OrthoNeuro Specialists may recommend an arthroscopic procedure. These arthroscopic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis so that you are able to return home the same day as your procedure.
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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