Answers to Common Elbow Osteoarthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about elbow osteoarthritis.

What is golfers elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is soreness or pain on the inside of the lower arm near the elbow, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). The condition affects tendons, tissues that connect muscle to bone, inside the forearm and elbow, the NIH states.

Most cases are caused by overuse, according to the American American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). An effective way to avoid the condition is by exercising the forearm muscles, the AAOS states:

  • Squeezing a tennis ball - squeezing an old tennis ball for five minutes at a time
  • Wrist curls - using a lightweight dumbbell, lower the weight to the end of your fingers, and then curl the weight back into your palm. Then curl up your wrist to lift the weight an inch or two higher in 10 repetitions
  • Reverse wrist curls - using a lightweight dumbbell, put your hands in front of you, palms down. Using your wrist, lift the weight up and down. Hold the arm that you are exercising above your elbow with your other hand in order to limit the motion to your forearm. Perform 10 repetitions

For more information about golfer’s elbow, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Mark Zunkiewicz, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Anthony Checroun, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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