Tennis elbow causes pain on the outside of the elbow, while golfer's elbow refers to pain affecting the inside of the elbow. These are caused by repeated overuse. Symptoms often improve through cooling, immobilisation and resting the arm.
- Pain when twisting the forearm, making a fist, gripping and lifting objects
- Touching the tender spot on the elbow (outer or inner side) makes the pain worse
- Red skin, overheating and swelling at the elbow
Causes and treatment
- Repeated overuse
- This causes inflammation of the tissue connecting the forearm muscles and tendons to the elbow
- Both can be felt as noticeable bulges on the inside and outside of the elbow
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- Blood test
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
- Anti-inflammatory medication (injection)
What can I do myself?
- Avoid putting too much strain on the elbow joint
- Immobilise the arm or keep it still
- Take it easy for a while
- Cooling sprays and compresses provide support
- Apply anti-inflammatory ointments
- Correct sitting posture when working, take regular breaks
When to see a doctor?
- Pain doesn't disappear, or gets worse
Tennis elbow / golfer's elbow, golfer's elbow