It’s summertime again and when the sun shines and the great outdoors beckons, we restart our favourite sports.  As a result of this, we see an increase in forearm repetitive strain injuries due to overuse.

Two of the most popular injuries that occur involve forearm pain they are golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow.  Incredibly even if you don’t play tennis or golf, these can happen over time.

Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are different types of injuries that both involve the forearm muscles, where the muscles connect to the elbow joint on opposite sides.  They are both due to inflammation and damage to the elbow and involve the wearing of different tendons and the decreasing ability to repair themselves.

Golfer’s elbow – tennis elbow – What is the difference?

Golfer’s elbow – involves the muscles and tendons of the forearm.  They attach from the wrist and go to the “funny bone” area  near the inner bump of the elbow.  They are responsible for wrist flexion (the twisting motion of the wrist) explaining it’s connection to golf.

Symptoms include pain or tenderness near the inner bump of the elbow and reduced grip strength.  This type of injury can happen outside of playing sports, jobs that involve regular and repetitive twisting of the wrist or forearm, pronation  (turning the palm downwards) often suffer from this condition.

Tennis elbow – also involves the muscles and tendons of your forearm that extend to your wrist and fingers.  Symptoms may develop gradually with mild pain that slowly worsens over time.  This condition doesn’t usually come from an injury but rather from overuse of the tendons in your forearm.

Symptoms include a weak grip strength and pain or a burning sensation on the outer part of the elbow.  It usually worsens when you use your forearm in activities involving a racket – hence tennis elbow, turning your wrist or shaking hands.

So what can be done about it?

Seek out your local Chiropractor who will be able to advise you on the correct treatment plan which may include exercises and stretches, advice on modifying the activities causing the pain and perhaps fit you with an elbow brace to stabilise the area.

If you think you or someone you know is suffering from either condition then contact us on Luton 01582 579687 of Hitchin 01462 420077 alternatively e-mail us on or