Understanding the Difference Between Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow
As an executive mum balancing work, family, and personal commitments, dealing with persistent elbow pain can be a significant hindrance. Elbow pain might stem from Golfer's Elbow or Tennis Elbow, two common conditions that can affect anyone, regardless of their involvement in sports. These conditions are both responses to repetitive stress on the elbow, and understanding their differences is crucial for effective management and treatment. In this blog, lets discuss the main points that can help you differentiate between Golfers and Tennis Elbow. 
Both Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are overuse injuries, meaning they result from repetitive trauma to the elbow area. This repeated impact causes microscopic tears in the tendon tissue, leading to swelling, inflammation, and pain. Despite their names, you don't need to be a golfer or tennis player to develop these conditions. Any activity involving repetitive wrist and elbow movements, such as typing, lifting, or even certain household chores, can lead to these injuries.
Key Differences Between Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow
Location of Pain:
Golfer's Elbow: Pain is located on the inner side of the elbow.
Tennis Elbow: Pain is felt on the outer side of the elbow.
Affected Tendon:
Golfer's Elbow: This condition affects the tendon connected to the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers, essential for gripping.
Tennis Elbow: This affects the tendon attached to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers, necessary for spreading the fingers and extending the wrist.
Golfer's Elbow:
Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow
Numbness or tingling, often radiating to the ring and little fingers
Aching pain during or after activity

Pain and tenderness on the outer side of the elbow
Wrist pain, especially during or after use
Numbness or tingling in the fingers
Dull ache during activity or rest
However there are some common symptoms of both conditions -
Weakness: Both conditions may cause weakness in the hands and wrists.
Stiffness: The elbow may feel stiff, causing discomfort when making a fist.
Shooting Pain: Sharp pain can occur during activities that engage the elbow.

Watch this video on 3 easy ways to prevent and/or manage tennis elbow to learn more about this condition:

If you suffer from elbow pain and are not sure if the source is Tennis Elbow HERE is a free guide to "What is the source of your Elbow Pain?"
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