What is Golfer’s Elbow?

The medical term “medial epicondylitis” is referring to Golfer’s Elbow. A common condition in…yes, you guessed it, Golfers!! This medical condition elbow pain on the inside of the arm. It is also known as “throwers elbow” or “little league elbow.” This medical condition is very painful and may cause worse conditions in the future if not treated properly. This condition and Tennis elbow are common in people that participate in specific activities such as racket sports and throwing sports and office workers too, however, this condition is still relatively rare with minimal research done for it.

What Causes It?

Golfer’s elbow is caused by repetitive wrist flexion or bending the wrist. Golfer’s elbow is repeated overuse of the forearm muscles that causes a lot of elbow pain. The tendons of the wrist on the inside of the elbow becomes inflamed at the attachment point of the inner elbow and cause this pain.

Golfer’s elbow can occur in people who also work in carpentry or computer workstations; it also happens in activities requiring throwing actions like baseball.

Golfer’s elbow is much more common on the outside part of the elbow. It is more popular with rock climbers than golfers.

Symptoms

The typical symptoms for Golfers Elbow are elbow pain and tenderness in the bony bit on the inside of the elbow. This can also lead to weakness in the wrist muscles and pain also occurs when bending your wrist down towards ground or twisting your hand towards the ground against resistance. The elbow pain can also limit your ability to grip everyday objects, and you may feel the muscles in your fingers becoming weaker than what they used to be. This case may also cause stiffness in the elbow and may cause a lot of pain when making a fist. It can also cause numbness or pins and needles into fingers, especially in your little finger.

The elbow pain can become worse when you do specific activities throughout the day such as turning a doorknob, shaking hands with someone and even lifting weights.

Maybe try some Natural remedies:

  • RICE Method (Rest, Ice, Compression, And Elevation)
  • Acupuncture
  • Small Elbow Exercises
  • Try Some Essential Oils.

Treatment

In treating golfer’s elbow, you need to ice it and elevate it, and most importantly you need to rest those muscles from the activities that bring on the pain.

Another type of elbow treatment is to take a cold compression wrap and apply it every 10 to 15 minutes. After you do this for the first few hours, you can bring it down to 3 to 4 times a day only with some reduction in pain. Your pain can also be managed with pain medications (consult your GP regarding the use of pain medications and always read and follow the recommended dosage).

Rest your elbow; this is very important in elbow treatment. If you do not rest it, your pain may become chronic and harder to manage in the future. After three days of cold compression, try switching to using a heat pack with the use of an elbow brace to minimise your elbow pain. The heat will help stimulate blood flow and using the brace will take the strain off the tendons which need to rest and should help reduce your pain.

Your physiotherapist can also use other techniques at their disposal to help reduce your pain and manage your symptoms more efficiently with deep tissue massage, dry needling, ultrasound therapy and TENs. All these treatment options and more have been shown to help relieve elbow pain. However, your physiotherapist will know which treatment option will best suit your case.

Getting better

According to studies if you rest and use the RICE method, your symptoms can reduce if these treatments are done correctly. It is difficult to state precisely when someone’s pain will resolve as each person is different however with these general tips you can hope to expect some improvements in your pain and daily life.

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