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Golfer’s Elbow

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(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - We often talk about tennis elbow but what about golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is a problem that doesn’t get diagnosed as much as tennis elbow because not as many people know about it. What it really is is a tendinitis in the medial tendon, not the lateral tendon. So what you essentially have is that inside of the elbow.

How I describe it is if you take your hands and put them down to your side and have your thumbs point outward, in other words, your palms are facing forward, the part of the elbow that’s bothering you will be that part that is associated with the thumb side.

That pain can be severe and be a real problem. By the way, both golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are not necessarily limited to those two sports, it is the repeteive motions that lead to the issues.