Golfer's Elbow

(Medial Epicondylitis)

What is golfer's elbow?

Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a painful inflammation of the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow.

The elbow joint is made up of the three bones

  • humerus - upper arm bone
  • ulna - forearm bone
  • radius - forearm bone

The bony bumps at the bottom of the humerus are called the epicondyles. The bump on the side closest to the body is called the medial epicondyle.

Medial Epicondyle, Golfer's Elbow

The tendons of the muscles that work to bend your wrist attach at the medial epicondyle.

Also known as

  • Medial epicondylitis
  • Wrist flexor tendonitis
  • Elbow tendonitis

Golfer's elbow is caused by overuse of the muscles that bend your fingers and wrist. When these muscles are overused, the tendons are repeatedly pulled where they attach to the bone. As a result, the tendons get inflamed and pain ensues.


26 October, 2013