In laymen’s terms, tennis elbow is inflammation on the end of the outer elbow, and golfer’s elbow is inflammation on the end of the inner elbow. Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis affects the outer or lateral side of your elbow. These are the muscles you use to bend your wrist backward and straighten your fingers.
Similarly, is golfer’s elbow worse than tennis elbow?
How can people tell the difference between Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow? On the most basic level, Tennis Elbow presents as pain on the outside of your elbow and Golfer’s Elbow presents as pain on the inside of your elbow. Neither is tied to a specific injury and both tend to gradually get worse as time goes on.
Keeping this in consideration, how do you test for tennis elbow and golfers elbow?
What happens if golfers elbow goes untreated?
Left untreated, golfer’s elbow eventually could cause permanent disability—loss of grip strength, chronic pain, and limited range of elbow motion. The condition also can cause a permanent contracture (bend) of the elbow.
With Cross friction massage, it can help you to recover from a golfer’s elbow much faster than just by resting. By applying it to the tendon, it can help to stimulate the healing process. Massaging the forearm muscles can also improve their function. It also decreases the tension on your inflamed tendons.
The first treatment of most elbow pain from throwing is rest, to allow the elbow to recover from inflammation and injury. Conservative treatment options that your doctor might also recommend include ice, to help reduce the swelling, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- Severe pain, swelling and bruising around the joint.
- Trouble moving your elbow normally, using your arm or turning your arm from palm up to palm down and vice versa.
Tennis elbow sleeves—or compression sleeves—are commonly used to help treat arm pain caused by lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylalgia (golfer’s elbow).