Tennis elbow and golf elbow are overuse injuries that get their names from the repetitive motions required while playing tennis or golf. But you don’t have to be a tennis player or a golfer to develop either condition. In this article, we will investigate the similarities and differences between two related conditions: tennis elbow and golf elbow. Read on to learn about the causes, symptoms, and regenerative medicine treatment options for these conditions.
Tennis Elbow vs. Golfer’s Elbow
Tennis elbow and golf elbow are both repetitive stress injuries. They occur most commonly in tennis and golf players (hence the names) who repeatedly swing racquets or clubs during play. Despite their names, these conditions are not exclusive to the golfers and tennis players of the world. They are also relatively common in people whose jobs require repetitive manual labor (for example, a construction contractor who uses a hammer on a daily basis).
Medically speaking, tennis and golf elbow are both marked by an inflammation of the tendons attached to the elbow. The basic difference between tennis and golf elbow is where exactly the inflammation occurs – tennis elbow impacts the outside of the tendon, while golfer’s elbow impacts the inside.
Symptoms of tennis and golf elbow can include any of the following:
- Pain in the elbow that may radiate to the forearm and wrist.
- Tenderness or swelling near the elbow.
- Weakness in the arms or hands.
If you experience any of these signs of tennis or golf elbow, make an appointment with a physician to diagnose the condition and discuss options for treatment.
Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy is a regenerative treatment method that can significantly reduce pain from tennis and golf elbow. The procedure involves injecting your own cells into the elbow region. These cells help jump-start the body’s natural healing process and aid in the regeneration of tissue.
Tennis elbow and golf elbow can be annoying at best and debilitating at worst. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of tennis or golf elbow, contact Advanced Regenerative Minnesota to discuss your treatment options.