Have you been told that you have
Golfers’ elbow, yet you don’t play golf? Do you have pain on the inside of you elbow that refers down to your forearm and wrist?
Golfers elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain, inflammation and tenderness in the muscles of the inside of the elbow and the forearm.
Golfers elbow is not as common as Tennis elbow in which the muscles on the outside of the forearm and elbow are affected.
Golfers elbow pain is caused by the damage to the flexor tendons that are attached to the bony prominence on the inside of the forearm. This bony prominence is called the medial epicondyle and is a part of the long bone in the upper arm called the humerus. When golfers elbow occurs, it can be sore and tender to touch and can be sore partially when you try to move your wrist in a downward/inward position. Other symptoms of Golfers’ elbow include:
- Stiffness at the elbow
- Difficulties making a fist
- Weakness in your hands and wrist
- Numbness or tingling in one or more fingers, particularly the ring and little finger
Golfers elbow occurs when the muscles that are attached to the bony prominence on the inside of the elbow are injured or over-used. Golfers elbow can also be caused by general wear and tear of the muscles, tendons and bones that connect to this attachment point. Generally, activities that require repetitive grasping and wrist movements in flexion can cause Golfers elbow. Some activities include:
- Throwing sports
- Racquet sports
- Weight training
- Rock climbing
- Repetitive movements in the workplace
It is important to get this type of injury diagnosed and treated properly as prognosis and treatment varies. Hand specialists at Specialist On Hand can assist in your diagnosis and treatment plan to get you back to your regular activities. Treatment can involve the following:
- Pain management
- Wrist and forearm orthotic regimes
- Soft tissue massage and myofascial release
- Dry needling
- Activity modification and ergonomic education
- Neuro-stimulation using Inter-X and TENS machines
- Graded exercises and activities for functional strength of upper limb
If you have any of these symptoms or would like for our specialist therapists to have a look at your injury contact us! We can create personalised treatment programs to assist you in get back to the activities that you enjoy doing the most.