What is golfer’s elbow ?

The area where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow is known as golfer’s elbow, and it causes pain there. You risk having pain in your wrist and forearm.

Tennis elbow, which develops on the outside of the elbow, is comparable to golfer’s elbow. It is not only for golfers. Golfer’s elbow can also happen to tennis players and others who clench their fingers or use their wrists frequently.

You don’t have to avoid your favourite activities or the golf course because of golfer’s elbow pain. You can get back into the swing of things with some rest and the right care.

Your Care Pathway with us

  • To book an appointment you can call on, 020 8870 8761, email direct to 
  • Complete MSK Examination and testing.
  • Same day Ultrasound Guided Cortisone Injection for pain relief or Hyaluronic injection (Gel) for arthritic joints.
  • One fee for all. Assessment & ultrasound-guided cortisone injection £250 and Hyaluronic injection (Gel) £320.

Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow are:

  • Pain on the inside of the elbow 
  • Gripping, lifting, and carrying actions cause pain.
  • Feeling weak when holding objects or creating a fist.
  • Tasks like opening and closing jars or pouring kettles cause pain.
  • Repetitive actions such as sawing, drilling, and screwing cause pain.
  • Golf, tennis, and other sports that require gripping cause pain.

When the muscles that flex the wrist are put under increasing strain/load, such as from heavy lifting or repetitive activities over a lengthy period of time, golfer’s elbow develops. The common flexor tendon becomes swollen and uncomfortable as a result of this. Tendinitis is the medical term for this condition (also known as medial epicondylitis). Repeated occurrences of tendinitis can sabotage the tendon’s healing process, causing it to thicken and become heated. This is referred to as medial epicondylalgia or tendinopathy.

Ultrasound-Guided Injections For Golfer’s Elbow

If your pain persists, worsens, or has not responded to conventional treatment, injectable therapy may be a good option for you. Injection treatment is recommended if the following conditions exist:

  • Pain that prevents you from sleeping or keeps you awake at night.
  • Pain that prevents you from performing daily actions such as washing and dressing, cooking, or engaging in recreational activities.
  • Pain that prevents you from participating in physiotherapy rehabilitation.

Golfer’s elbow is treated with an injection to relieve the pain and inflammation. It gives you a ‘window of opportunity’ to rehabilitate your elbow in a pain-free setting. Within 1-2 weeks of receiving the injection, a course of physiotherapy should be started.

According to recent research, ultrasound-guided injections are more accurate at targeting the affected therapy and more effective at reducing pain than landmark-guided injections (Daniels et al, 2018). At Joint Injetions, all injections are done under ultrasound guidance.

Ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injection

Injections of corticosteroids (sometimes called steroid injections) are commonly used to treat persistent golfer’s elbow pain. A mixture of corticosteroid (a potent anti-inflammatory medicine) and a short-acting local anaesthetic (numbing agent) is injected directly into the afflicted area using real-time ultrasound imaging. Injections of corticosteroids are used to effectively relieve discomfort and improve function in golfers’ elbow patients (Banffy et al, 2012). Injections of corticosteroids are given to individuals who are in acute or severe pain.

Ultrasound-guided hyaluronic acid injection

Hyaluronic acid is a man-made substitute for a naturally occurring component in the body. It has potent anti-inflammatory qualities and is utilised as a steroid substitute when combined with a local anaesthetic. Injections of hyaluronic acid are used to treat persistent, grumbly tendon pain that is less acute and severe.