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Ask Dr Miriam.

I try to stay fit by playing golf two or three times a week. It keeps me trim and I like the company.

But recently I've found after a game that my elbow is extremely sore. It's getting worse and I think I may have to forgo my golf. What can I do? Abow" I think you could have "golfer's elbow", similar to tennis elbow, which is inflammation of a tendon where it gets attached to the bone at the elbow joint.

The movement that causes it is what I'd call a "back-handed" action, which uses the extensor tendon of the elbow. If you think about it, y g mak evty you will realise in your golf swing you make this movement every time you strike the ball, whether you are right or left-handed.

The tendon gets repeatedly pulled from where it's attached to the bone and small tears develop, leading to tenderness and pain. An ice pack will help to quell pain and inflammation and painkillers will be useful in relieving the discomfort.

Your doctor may prescribe ultrasound treatment, physiotherapy and a course of steroid injections for treating the painful spot.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2014
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