Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is a condition characterised by pain and inflammation due to damage to the muscles and tendons that cross the inner aspect of the elbow. While the pain is typically centred over the elbow area, it can spread to the forearm and wrist in severe instances.

However, this condition does not only affect golfers. It can happen to any person regardless of gender, age, or choice of sport. Those who engage in vigorous activities that have repetitive hand or forearm motions are more susceptible.

Athletes engaging in bowling, baseball, golf, or tennis are usually at a high risk of developing this condition. Additionally, obese individuals, adults above 40 years, and smokers at also at increased risk of suffering from golfer’s elbow.

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Causes a Golfer’s Elbow?

A variety of sports and occupations may increase one’s risk of developing golfer’s elbow. These activities may include: 


  • Improper technique while lifting weights
  • Throwing sports such as baseball or softball might cause strain to the tendons
  • Sports such as baseball, golf, bowling, or tennis can also cause injury to the elbow


  • Butchers, plumbers, construction workers, and regular computer users are also at a high risk of developing golfer’s elbow given the nature of their work.

What are the Symptoms of a Golfer’s Elbow?

The following are symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow: 

  • Unbearable pain near the bony knob on the inner aspect of the elbow 
  • In some instances, the pain can extend to the entire forearm
  • Experiencing pain when trying to make a fist
  • Weakness in the hands and wrists as a result of elbow pain

Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

Golfer’s elbow tends to heal on its own. Taking a break from strenuous activities that strain the elbow joint muscles and tendons can help speed up the healing process by reducing the rate of wear and tear and allowing the body to heal. 

Non-Surgical Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

    • Physiotherapy
      Targeted stretching, strength, and flexibility exercises can help alleviate pain and improve elbow function.
    • Medication
      Medication may be prescribed to help manage your symptoms. Our doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or paracetamol.

Surgical Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

Surgery is a treatment option for persistent cases of golfer’s elbow where non-surgical approaches have failed.

    • Elbow Tendon Repair or Reconstruction
      Surgery generally involves cleaning up and repairing the damaged tendon. However, if the damaged tendon is irreparable, our doctor may attempt a reconstruction.