Golfer's Elbow

Golfer's Elbow occurs within the elbow which is caused by an inflammation of a tendon that joins the forearm muscles to the elbow. Medial Epicondyle is the bony bump on the inner part of the elbow where pain is usually located. This is commonly known as Golfer's Elbow, alternatively as Medial Epicondylitis.

Causes

Activities that are factors causing pain includes:

- Bending the wrist

- Squeezing a ball

- Swinging a golf club

- Swinging a racket forward

- Turning a door knob

- Weight training

- Golfer's elbow can occur anytime when there's repetitive use of wrists or fingers. Activities that are involve also includes digging, gardening and hammering nails.


Symptoms

The main signs or symptoms of Golfer's Elbow is tenderness and pain in the inside of the elbow. Alternative symptoms include:

- Acquiring less strength than normal when clutching items or making your hand into a fist

- Tinge of pain that spreads down towards the arm area; bending of wrist, twisting your forearm down or grasping items that can worsen pain

- Worsening pain upon carrying heavy objects with your palm


Treatment

Physiotherapy might help to reduce pain and inflammation while speeding up the healing process. Physiotherapy techniques might include:

Education on proper sports techniques or golf swing to stay clear from recurrence

- Elbow tapping or Golfer's Elbow strap

- Massage to alleviate tightness and tension in the forearm muscles

- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

- Pain relief and tissue repair treatments such as Ultrasound, electrical stimulation of the nerves, and heat therapy

- Putting ice on the elbow to reduce inflammation

- Resting the elbow

- Stretching and strengthening exercises for the elbow muscles

- Your doctor might use steroid injections as treatment if the treatment above shows ineffective. Surgery will be an option if all treatments have not been responsive.

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