Preventing and Treating Golfer's Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is a health condition that causes pain where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. Despite its name, this condition doesn't just affect golfers. Any repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions can lead to golfer's elbow. It is essential to understand what it is, its causes, symptoms, and the preventative measures and treatment options available.

Causes and Risk Factors of Golfer's Elbow

Golfer's elbow is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control your wrist and fingers. The damage is typically related to excess or repeated stress, especially forceful wrist and finger motions. Improper lifting, throwing or hitting, as well as too little warm-up or poor conditioning, also can contribute to golfer's elbow.

There are several factors that can increase your risk of golfer's elbow: age, certain sports and occupations. For example, because the condition is more common in people who are over 40, age could be a risk factor. Individuals who play golf or racket sports are more at risk, due to the repetitive nature of these sports. Occupations that require repetitive arm movements, like construction work or painting, can also increase the risk.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow

The most common symptom of golfer's elbow is pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow. Sometimes the pain extends along the inner side of your forearm. You might notice stiffness in your elbow, weakness in your hands and wrists, and a tingling sensation that radiates into one or more fingers.

The pain of golfer's elbow can come on suddenly or gradually. It might worsen with certain movements, such as swinging a golf club. You might also feel more pain when you grip something, twist your wrist, or lift weights.

Prevention Strategies for Golfer's Elbow

Preventing golfer's elbow involves taking measures to avoid overuse of your forearm muscles. This can be done by strengthening your forearm muscles, using the correct form when performing activities that involve your forearm and elbow, and taking breaks to rest your arm.

Proper equipment use and technique can also help prevent golfer's elbow. For instance, if you play golf, ensure that your club grip isn't too small and that you're using a fluid swing motion. Regularly performing exercises to strengthen your wrist and forearm muscles can also help to prevent golfer's elbow.

Chiropractic Care for Golfer's Elbow Treatment

For those suffering from golfer's elbow, chiropractic care can be an effective treatment. Chiropractic treatment for golfer's elbow is designed to help restore normal movement, reduce pain, and strengthen the affected area to prevent future injuries.

Chiropractors can use techniques such as soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization, and rehabilitative exercises to treat golfer's elbow. Soft tissue therapy can help reduce inflammation and promote healing, while joint mobilization can restore normal movement in your elbow and forearm.

In addition to these treatments, a chiropractor can teach you exercises to help strengthen and stretch your forearm muscles. They can also provide advice on proper posture and ergonomics to prevent the condition from recurring.


Golfer's elbow is a painful condition that can affect anyone who uses their forearm muscles repetitively. While it's often associated with golf, it can affect people in various sports and occupations. Understanding what it is, its causes, symptoms, and prevention strategies can help you manage this condition effectively. 

If you're experiencing persistent pain in your elbow, don't hesitate to seek professional help. With chiropractic treatment, you can get back to your daily activities and enjoy a pain-free life. Contact Back and Neck Pain Centers in our Seattle, Bellevue, or Tukwila, Washington, office. Call (206) 233-0818, (206) 772-0088, (425) 649-9335 or (425) 243-1200 to schedule an appointment today.,-122.3224811,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x54906abdb7cbe727:0x3296731966a08bfe!8m2!3d47.5994877!4d-122.3202924 none 9:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 6:00pm Closed Closed,3,,,