Medial epicondylitis (also known as golfer’s elbow or thrower’s elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (also known as tennis elbow), are both types of elbow tendonitis that many people struggle with. Each condition is caused by overuse of the arm, especially during repetitive motion activities such as golf or tennis. This is why they are commonly known by those names!
Overuse or injury causes tiny tears in the tendon that connects your elbow to your wrist. These tears cause swelling of the tendon and pain. Medial epicondylitis is characterized by pain on the inside of the elbow and forearm, while lateral epicondylitis refers to pain on the outside of the elbow and forearm.
While these conditions are commonly known as golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow, they are not limited to athletes! Many jobs require repeated motions and can lead to an overuse injury like this.
Occupations that often lead to medial and lateral epicondylitis include:
Other forms of exercise like weightlifting can be the cause as well.
Lateral Epicondylitis is characterized by:
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) include:
Lateral Epicondylitis Test
Medial Epicondylitis Test
Below we detail 4 treatment options for tennis and golfer’s elbow pain. However, we strongly recommend seeking the advice of a health care professional if you’re experiencing inner or outer elbow pain.
Our epicondylitis brace is designed to target, compress, and support the muscles that are causing your elbow pain or discomfort to provide relief and speed up recovery time. Shortly after beginning to wear this brace (along with plenty of the R.I.C.E treatment), it should help reduce the pain and discomfort you may be experiencing, as well as inflammation around the elbow, allowing you to return to the sports and daily activities you love.
The extensor muscles in your forearm are attached to your upper arm bone (humerus) at a small point called the medial/lateral epicondyle. When you take part in repeated motion activities that cause these muscles to pull, it can cause irritation to the epicondyle over time. This is the point where people feel pain or discomfort that we call medial or lateral epicondylitis. This brace works to compress your extensor muscles slightly below the epicondyle, moving the point of tension and preventing pulling on the epicondyle.
The initial steps in treating lateral epicondylitis should include reducing inflammation and resting the irritated muscles and tendons. Ice and compression provided by an elbow strap may also help reduce inflammation and discomfort. Once the swelling subsides, you can begin gentle exercises to strengthen your forearm muscles and prevent a recurrence. Be sure to check with your doctor or physical therapist to determine when you are ready to begin epicondylitis exercises.
Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) stretch:
The best lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) stretch:
Surgery may be considered if more conservative treatment options prove ineffective after 6 to 12 months. Open or arthroscopic surgery allows your surgeon to look at your elbow joint to ensure there is no other source for the pain and allows for the removal of damaged tissue from the bone. Most patients will never require surgery for tennis or golfer’s elbow.
This brace can be worn on either arm and fits a variety of people including men, women, and children. Make sure to measure and check our size chart before ordering!
This unique pressure system features 3 hard plastic compression beads to effectively target the muscle causing your discomfort and pain.
This support band can be worn on the inside or outside of the forearm to target either medial epicondylitis or lateral epicondylitis.
The thin, low-profile design of this brace is perfect for casual day-to-day wear. It can be worn under clothes, and the breathable elastic material prevents sweating.
The wrap-around design of this armband allows it to be quickly and easily applied and adjusted throughout the day.
This brace is crafted from high quality, medical-grade materials including a soft elastic fabric, strong hook and loop fasteners, and hard plastic beads.
This brace can be machine washed and air dried.
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