What is Golfer's Elbow and how do you prevent it?

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Golfer's Elbow, like Tennis Elbow, is a condition that causes pain in your elbow. However, Golfer’s Elbow is where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow and the pain might spread into your forearm and wrist. Tennis Elbow occurs on the outside of the elbow where tennis players use their wrists and clench their fingers. Golfers can get Tennis Elbow and tennis players can also get Golfer’s Elbow. Express.co.uk chatted to Dr Raj Bhatia, consultant hand and wrist surgeon, Harley Hand & Wrist Clinic www.harleyhandsurgery.com to find out everything you need to know about Golfer’s Elbow.

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Less than one percent of the population are affected by Golfer's Elbow, but it normally occurs between the ages of 40 and 60.

You don’t have to be a golfer to get the condition, it can happen to anyone who overworks these muscles or tendons and can come on over time or suddenly.

If you’ve got Golfer’s Elbow, don’t worry! According to Dr Bhatia, it is treatable.

The consultant hand and wrist surgeon said: “The pain of Golfer's Elbow doesn't have to keep you off the course or away from your favourite activities.

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“Rest and appropriate treatment can get you back into the swing of things.”

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Golfer’s Elbow exercises:Golfer’s Elbow exercises: Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are similar (Image: Getty)

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s Elbow isn’t just a sore Elbow, it’s something more specific.

Dr Bhatia explained: “Golfer’s Elbow is a painful condition, so-called because it is usually an injury that has occurred due to repetitive strain caused by the wrist gripping and swinging which causes small tears in the tendons at the elbow.

“Despite its name, this injury can happen through a variety of repetitive activities including regularly carrying heavy loads or other sports such as tennis or bowling.

“Smoking and being overweight can also increase the risk of developing Golfer’s Elbow.”

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Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow

Dr Bhatia said Golfer’s Elbow will present as pain on the inside of the elbow, which may radiate down the whole of the forearm to the wrist.

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He added: “The elbow itself may be painful when touched and there

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