Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow—What’s the Difference?

Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow—What’s the Difference?

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Both tennis and golfer’s elbow (medically referred to as lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis, respectively) are serious conditions that have multiple overlaps.

For starters, these injuries don’t require you to play either golf or tennis! They occur in the arms or wrists and are caused by overuse, and so they have similar treatments. However, it’s essential to be cognizant of the differences between the two to know which specific treatment is best suited for you.

Here are three major differences between tennis and golfer’s elbow.

Which part of your elbow is actually inflamed?

The best way to distinguish which injury you may have is by investigating where the inflammation is located. Both conditions lead to the inflammation of the elbow, but the specifics matter here.

A person who’s suffering from tennis elbow will most likely find inflammation on the outer side of the elbow and the areas on the forearm. However, someone suffering from golfer’s elbow will find their inner side of the arm and elbow to be inflamed. So, make sure to check!

Which tendon is affected?

Both injuries have proven to be extremely painful. However, the cause of this pain differs for both conditions. In both situations, different tendons are affected.

Tennis elbow is caused by damage to the tendons that bend the wrist away from the palm. This is related to a tennis player hitting the balls in the backhand position, as shown in the picture on the left.

A golfer’s elbow, on the other hand, affects the tendons that bend the wrist towards the palm, much like what happens when swinging a golf club, as you can see on the right.


If you’re affected by any of these two conditions, know that the most common treatment for it is just resting your body.

Since the cause of these injuries is overuse, it’s best to lay low for a while and give your elbows and wrists a break. However, if the pain still persists, make sure to get professional help.

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