Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition where pain is located on the inside (medial) of your elbow where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump (epicondyle) on your elbow. The pain is usually noticeable from your elbow to the forearm and wrist. This is a painful condition that occurs when medial muscles and tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the arm and wrist.
Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, which occurs on the outside of the elbow. It’s not limited to golfers. Tennis players and others who repeatedly use their wrists or clench their fingers also can develop golfer’s elbow.
Golfer’s elbow is characterized by: medial pain and discomfort; joint stiffness; muscle weakness; numbness or tingling. The pain of golfer’s elbow can come on suddenly or gradually. The pain might worsen with certain movements, such as holding an item or swinging a golf club.
Despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop golfer’s elbow. People whose jobs requires a strong grip can lead to golfer’s elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.