Heal Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow — Watch

Heal, or at least get some relief from Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow.  Watch the techniques at work. (Video Below.)

Where Golfer's and Tennis Eblow pain occurs

MOST OF us have at least one persistently chronic body part condition.  Personally, I’m plagued by more than one, but today the focus is on the wrist/forearm/elbow complex that is commonly referred to as Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow.

These are two different things with names that come from the activities that tend to promulgate the physical condition.

Golfer’s Elbow is when the tendons that attach to the inner or medial part of the elbow are inflamed.  It’s so named because the repetitive motion of golfing can wear on and eventually inflame these specific tendons. Of course, golf is not the only activity that can cause this condition; rather, anything that puts repetitive stress on the inner/medial elbow can give you this wonderful experience.

Tennis Elbow is when the tendons that attach to the outside or lateral part of the elbow are inflamed.  Just as with Golfer’s Elbow, the repetitive actions, in this case hitting a tennis ball with a tennis ratchet, can inflame the outside tendons of the elbow. As with Golfer’s Elbow, tennis is not the only activity that can cause this condition.

On his very informative and useful web site, Dr. Ben Kim illustrates these two elbow-centric inflammations with several pictures, two of which I copy here:

If you’ve ever experienced the pain and tenderness of either condition, you know that they interfere with any physical activity utilizing the forearms and elbows, particularly weight-bearing exercises.

In the video below, I demonstrate Dr. Kim’s suggestions for relieving the tightness and inflammation of Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow, but do read his How to Keep Your Elbows, Forearms, and Wrists Healthy, which are full of pictures of his suggested exercises with detailed descriptions of each.

Last Updated on February 28, 2022 by Joe Garma

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stephanie johnson - November 6, 2015

Question is the top of my outer elbow hurts to the forearm but no futher, can you tell me what is going on, please help me.

    Joe Garma - November 7, 2015

    I doubt that even an orthopedic doctor could answer your question, Stephanie, w/o more information and examining you. Nor can I. Suggest you try the stretches demonstrated, and if you’re doing any repetitive movements that require contracting the muscles in your forearms and hands, take a break. Message can also help. If the issue persists, go see someone who can help.

TL - June 10, 2016

I will definitely be watching your video. The pain in my elbow area is not getting better, and was recommended by a friend to find stretching techniques. Resting from my day to day activities is not an option for me at this time in my life (farmer’s wife, homemaker, two young kids, homeschool teacher, etc.), but perhaps slowing down somewhat will probably help.

TL - June 10, 2016

Hi, just read this page and watched the video. I had injured my elbow whilst helping hubby trim off banana leaves (not as easy peasy as it may sound — those leaves can be very tough and fibrous). It’s been over a month and the pain has been getting worse. I tried the tennis elbow’s stretch, and YEOWZAH! did that ever hurt. Oh yeah, my forearm is pictured in the medical encyclo under tightness. Felt good after the stretch and massage. Thanks for the information. I checked out Dr. Kim’s website — lots of great help there for all kinds of muscoskeletal issues, and yummy looking recipes. Will definitely be passing it on to others.


    Joe Garma - June 10, 2016

    It can take some time, TL, but w/ diligent stretching, massage, etc. it should improve. Might also consider taking a curcumin supplement for inflammation.

      TL - June 10, 2016

      Eating a couple of roots right now. They grow in abundance here. Thanks for the encouragement.


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