Causes of Golfer’s Elbow

What Causes Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s Elbow is a form of Tendonitis similar to the more widely known Tennis Elbow.  The injury is typically found in avid golfers, but is not restricted to only that group.  The injury is ultimately inflammation of the tendons on the inside of the elbow.  The pain is most likely to be located at the point of the elbow on the inner side.  In addition to this centrally located pain there is likely to be a shooting pain down the forearm whenever you grip something .

The actual injury involved here is Medial Epicondylitis, and is a condition that is caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm.  This overuse leads to the inflammation around the elbow joint, which eventually causes the pain.  Tendons are the ends of muscles that are attached to the bone.  When these tendons are stretched beyond what they are used to or are stretched more often than expected in a short period of time, the inflammation occurs.  This means that the injury itself can be caused by both a sudden violent act as well as repetitive stress on the tendons.  

The repetitive stress injury is the more common cause for Golfer’s Elbow.  The constant strain put on the tendons by a golf swing can eventually lead to the injury, specifically when the strain comes in any uncommon way.  Playing an extra few rounds of golf within a short period of time when a golfer isn’t used to it is the most common issue. Another common cause is hitting off of hard driving range mats You can find some better golf mats if you look – the best appears to be the Real Feel Golf Mats manufacured by J.R. Mats 

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This additional stress on the tendons pushes them past the point that they are used to dealing with, and the reaction is a painful one.  It is important to keep in mind what the body is used to, because in general muscles and tendons don’t react well when they are pushed beyond the limits they have been trained for.