Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis causes pain and discomfort on the inside of the elbow. The condition doesn’t just affect keen golfers; a direct injury or repetitive strain can also trigger the problem. The good news is that golfer’s elbow frequently resolves without treatment. However, this can take time, leaving you with pain that can limit your ability to enjoy sports and make the most of life.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers the very latest investigations and management for golfer’s elbow. The world-leading orthopaedic specialists work with an expert multidisciplinary team to reduce your pain and restore movement, so that you can get back on the course or back to everyday activity.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic provides comprehensive care for golfer’s elbow. Rest, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections provide relief for most people. In addition, the expert orthopaedic surgeons at the London Orthopaedic Clinic can offer viscosupplement injections, regenerative therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP/ACP) or shockwave therapy. If conservative measures have not helped they can operate to remove the damaged part of the tendon and support your healthy rehabilitation.

What is golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is pain and inflammation of the medial epicondyle, the bony lump on the inside of the elbow. It can arise as a result of direct injury or secondary to overuse of the group of tendons that work to bend your wrist and fingers. Small tears, inflammation and swelling develop, making the tendon stiff and causing pain and movement restriction.

Golfer’s elbow most commonly develops because of overuse and repetitive strain. This can be from a problematic golf swing, racket sports, carpentry or other activities that require repeated wrist movement or finger clenching.

For most people with golfer’s elbow, the condition will resolve in several months without treatment, however some people can suffer ongoing pain and problems. If your elbow is restricting your ability to work or play, the specialists at the London Orthopaedic Clinic can help.

What are the symptoms of golfer’s elbow?

Golfer’s elbow can come on suddenly or build up over time. It causes pain, swelling and tenderness on the inside of the elbow. The pain can be a dull ache or a shooting pain down the forearm, and is typically triggered by gripping objects or bending the elbow.

The elbow can become increasingly stiff and movement may be restricted.

Many people experience wrist weakness, a decrease in grip strength and symptoms of numbness and tingling in the ring and little finger.

How can the London Orthopaedic Clinic help with golfer’s elbow?

The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s consultant surgeons will make a thorough assessment of your elbow and arrange investigation by X-ray, ultrasound or MRI, in the clinic’s state-of-the-art imaging suite. They will then tailor a treatment programme to resolve your symptoms. This can include:

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Why choose the London Orthopaedic Clinic?

The London Orthopaedic Clinic provides high-quality, expert orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care, tailored to the individual needs of our patients. The Clinic is based at Mayo Clinic Healthcare, at the heart of London’s internationally renowned Harley Street medical district. The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers cutting-edge diagnostics, treatment, management and personalised care.

The expert multi-disciplinary team includes more than 25 leading orthopaedic surgeons, pain management specialists and radiologists. They work together to reduce pain, improve movement and make a real difference to patients’ lives.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers patients something truly unique: access to world-leading experts, high-tech imaging and the latest innovative treatments, together with the feeling of trust and safety of a small family practice.

Minimally-invasive golfers' elbow surgery costs

The investigation and treatment of golfer’s elbow at the London Orthopaedic Clinic may be covered by your health insurance policy. Competitive packages are also available for patients who are self-paying. Contact a member of our friendly team on 020 7186 1000 or at to find out more.