golfer's elbow

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golfer's elbow

an informal term for inflammation of the medial epicondyle of the humerus, associated with repeated use of the wrist flexors.

golfer's elbow

Medial epicondylitis Sports medicine An injury characterized by pain and tenderness of medial humeral epicondyle at origin of flexor tendons—caused by too much golfing off Treatment Rest, corticosteroid injection if severe. Cf Tennis elbow.


(el'bo?) [Old English. eln, forearm + boga, bend]
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The joint between the arm and forearm. See: illustration

Boston elbow

Boston arm.

golfer's elbow

Medial humeral epicondylitis

little league elbow

A form of overuse syndrome marked by tension being placed on the medial structures of the elbow and, possibly, compression forces being placed on the lateral structures. Long-term consequences include abnormal growth of the medial epicondyle and avulsion of the medial epicondyle. It is seen in adolescent baseball players, esp. in pitchers. In order to help prevent this condition, Little League Baseball regulations limit the number of pitches a player can throw per week.

nursemaid's elbow

Subluxation of the head of the radius with entrapment of the annular ligament in the radiohumeral joint, esp. in a young child after being lifted by the hand or wrist. The condition is acutely painful, and the child will not willingly use the affected arm.


The subluxation can be readily reduced with closed manipulation.

Synonym: radial head subluxation

tennis elbow

See: tennis elbow

golfer's elbow

Inflammation of the tendon attachment at the bony prominence on the inner side of the lower end of the upper arm bone (humerus). A number of forearm muscles are inserted at this point and overuse, as in inept golf causes partial tearing or strain. ‘Tennis elbow’ is the same condition. Rest is essential.

golfer's elbow

also known as medial epicondylitis or javelin thrower's elbow. An inflammatory condition affecting the common origin of the flexor tendons of the forearm which results in pain and tenderness on the inside (ulnar side) of the elbow at the medial epicondyle of the humerus. Most commonly the result of overactivity of the wrist flexors, especially with increasing intensity or duration of activity or poor technique. Treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physiotherapy and corticosteroid injection. Prevention of recurrence depends on identifying training or technique errors which can be corrected.
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25) The ulnar collateral ligament should also be carefully evaluated, since UCL tears may be associated with refractory cases of golfer's elbow due to persistent instability.
Golfer's elbow generally happens due to repeated use of muscles in the arm and may lead to small tears in the tendons, resulting in pain.
A ANYONE can suffer from golfer's elbow, whether or not they swing a golf club.
Examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist tendonitis, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow and even "gamer's thumb" (a swelling of the thumb caused by excessive video game playing).
Professional golfers, who average three injuries a year, are more likely to report overuse injuries of the back, wrist and shoulder, while golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is the most commonly reported injury for amateur athletes, followed by low back pain and shoulder problems.
Using the right club, or one that is tailor made to suit your swing, can reduce the risk of golfer's elbow and can improve your swing.
Last night one golf bore said: "It may be that Sophie is not holding the club right and she has got golfer's elbow.
Calzaghe said: "I saw a specialist on Thursday and he says I have got golfer's elbow and should rest for at least six months.