Learn more about golfer's elbow

Golfer's Elbow

Most have heard of tennis elbow, but not always golfers elbow. The two conditions are virtually the same. Tennis elbow affects the outside of the elbow while golfers affects the inside. 

Our osteopaths will examine your elbow and surrounding areas to determine the cause, provide a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you using your arm again. 

What is golfer's elbow?

Medial epicondylitis is the technical name of golfer’s elbow, which is inflammation on the inside bony point of the elbow. It’s typically felt as a sharp pain that can become quite debilitating to the point where people can struggle to turn, lift or hold objects.

It is normally a repetitive strain injury that develops over time. As the name suggests it is found at high proportions in the golfing community but it is not just found in golfer’s. Tradies from using tools and rock climber’s are 2 other groups of people who regularly get this condition.


Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes golfer's elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is normally caused by repetitive use of the wrist and hand and progresses over time overloading the tendons attaching to the medial epicondyle of the elbow. 

Some of the repetitive actions that can irritate the tendons include:

playing golf, rock climbing, throwing, use of tools like hammers and screwdrivers, weight training and racquet sports.

We will determine to find through our examination your specific cause and develop a treatment plan specific to your sciatica.


Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your golfer’s elbow.

Muscle strain


Tennis elbow

Golfer's elbow at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your elbow, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement. Often a tennis/golfer’s elbow brace will be recommended to help recover from this injury.


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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