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Golfer and Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, consists of pain and inflammation on the inner side of one’s elbow where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. The pain associated with golfer’s elbow may spread into a person’s forearm and wrist; it is not limited to people who golf. 

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is similar but occurs on the outside rather than the inside of the elbow where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony prominence.  Playing tennis is an obvious cause of tennis elbow, but many other common activities can cause this overuse injury.
 
The pain of golfer’s and tennis elbow does not have to keep you off the court or away from your favorite activities. Surgery is rarely an option.  With appropriate treatment, you can get back to what’s important.

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