Golfer’s Elbow


Golfers elbow or medically known as Medial Epicondylitis is something that only golfers get, right? Wrong! Can you believe that tennis players are also prone to golfers elbow and not only tennis elbow, but this issue can occur in anyone and not just sportsman/woman.

Golfers elbow is seen as the inflammation and pain that occurs in the forearm and radiates to the inside of the elbow. (Tennis elbow is very similar but the pain is seen more on the outside of the elbow – lateral epicondylitis)

Pain that occurs in Golfers Elbow can be caused from inflammation of a tendon and can be seen as a type of tendinitis.  This type of inflammation can be due to small tears in tendon that connects the elbow to the wrist. These tears can occur from overuse or a sudden injury but most often with Golfer’s Elbow it is caused from a repetitive overuse movement. Some of the symptoms of diagnosing golfers elbow can be seen as:

  • A weakened grip
  • Pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow and forearm
  • Pain in present when the wrist is flexed towards the forearm
  • Pain and stiffness in the elbow
  • Pins and needles or tingling sensation that radiates to the hand and fingers

These are just some of the symptoms that can be present on diagnosing Golfers Elbow.

Although this condition is not linked primarily to golfers there are some people that can be more prone to this condition, any sport or activity that has a repetitive long-term movement, men, smokers, people over the age of 40 and people that are obese tend  to be more prone.  This condition cannot be prevented entirely but making sure of a few aspects can help in the prevention of this occurring:

When playing a repetitive sport you need to make sure you are using the correct equipment as well as making sure your form is correct can assist in this.

Stretching before activity as well as strengthening the wrist and forearm muscles can also aid in the prevention.

Depending on how severe the Golfer’s elbow is and the degree of inflammation will also determine what the best course of treatment would be for the individual. Majority of the treatment of individuals includes the following:

Rest

Ice

Stretching and Strengthening

Anti-inflammatory medication

Although these treatment methods seem simple they are the most effective in an injury such as this. Some of the times the pain and inflammation is severe and medical assistance will be required for further more in-depth treatment but many a time something like this can be treated early at home.

Seeking assistance from a Qualified Biokineticist can assist in determining any muscle weakness and imbalances and working out a training and exercise program to assist in correcting these and aiding the preventing this from occurring again

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