This is the inflammation of the tendons of the elbow (epicondylitis) due to overuse of the forearm muscles. They are not, however, only caused during these two sports.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) causes pain in the outside of the elbow and it can become tender. Pain may also spread through the forearm and can cause aches in the back of the hand. You may also find that your grip becomes weak and may become difficult to lift and carry.
Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) tends to cause more local pain around the inside of the elbow.
Both conditions can develop for a variety of reasons. Yes, playing racket sports may cause it, with incorrect grip size and high repetition aggravating things, but other causes include regular keyboard usage, any repetitive carrying, shoulder and upper back problems and even certain medications (eg. Some antibiotics).
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Your Osteopath will attempt to work with you to ascertain the cause of your tennis/golfers elbow and then offer the appropriate exercises, supports, icing advice and treatment for you.