Whats the difference between Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow?
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis caused by repetitive twisting and torquing of the forearm. Athletes often complain of pinpoint, knifelike pain over the (outer) lateral surface of the elbow.
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis most commonly occurs from repetitive stress on the tendons on the inside of the elbow. Some athletes complain of numbness or tingling in the the fourth and fifth fingers.
Treatment for Tennis Elbow can be separated into three categories, and can range from rest from a mild sprain or strain to surgery after all other forms of treatment fail.
The treatment for Golfer’s Elbow focuses mainly on the PRICE principles (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and once the acute phase has resolved rehabilitation, including strengthening weak upper-back, neck, and thoracic muscles with forearm strength exercises can begin.
Before returning from either injury the athlete should be pain-free. In the case of Tennis Elbow, strengthening muscles of the upper body such as the Lats (muscle covering the lumbar region of the back), shoulder rotators, and upper back muscles which will help create more balance in posture.
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