Golfers elbow is due to overuse or injury to the tendon on the inside of the elbow. It is the same as Tennis Elbow which is caused by injury or over use of the tendon on the outside of the elbow. Occasionally it IS caused by playing golf!.
The muscles from the inside of the forearm that flex the fingers towards the palm and bend the wrist forward blend into one tendon - the common flexor tendon - which attaches to the bony part of the elbow on the inside. Golfer's elbow can be caused by golf, as the name suggests, by constantly taking the divot with the ball, but it is far from being exclusive to golfers. Overstraining the wrist, either by bending it repetitively or by twisting it sideways can bring it on. This may even be as a result of faulty technique in racket sports or an unaccustomed activity using the wrist.
If you have these early signs of golfer's elbow you need to seek professional medical attention as soon as possible. If you have had the condition a long time, be assured it can still be treated.
Resting the arm will help to prevent aggravation - golfer's elbow is not a condition that you can exercise through. Treatment with
Connective Tissue Manipulation and Manual Lymph Drainage will help to reduce the pain and stiffness and restore normal movement and function. By improving the circulation to the tendon then it is able to settle the inflammation down and heal more quickly. By reducing the tension in the tendon the fibres are able to glide on each other and allow freer movement without causing discomfort and pain. See Tendon injury