Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer's Elbow

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s Elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, is a condition which causes pain in the muscles on the inside of the elbow and the forearm. Often the pain is localised on the elbow and pain typically worsens with certain movements. However, the pain can spread into the forearm and wrist making it hard to perform basic movements with the affected arm such as grabbing objects.

Causes

  • Golfers Elbow is another overuse injury due to wear and tear of the tendons and muscles which attach to the inner elbow known as forearm flexors.
Golfers elbow develop as a result of activities which require forceful, repetitive gripping and occupational motions such as:
  • Throwing
  • Rock climbing
  • Weight training
  • These movements are typical in jobs in construction, plumbing, clerical work, carpentry and butchery.

Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow.Pain typically worsens with certain movements.
  • Stiffness especially toward the end of the day or activity
  • Painful to make a fist or grabbing an object
  • Weakness in the hands and wrists
  • Numbness or tingling may radiate into fingers but mainly on the ring and little fingers

Prevention:

If you feel any of the symptoms, please stop engaging in activities that involve problematic movements which aggravate your pain. Rest your arm and book yourself an appointment to see us at the clinic. The two biggest prevention strategies for Golfers’ Elbow is to get hands-on treatment to address the tight muscles and the opposing muscles to take the pressure of the elbow. Additionally, strength training exercises you’ll be recommended by the clinic is equally as important to fast track your recovery and to fully eliminate the pain. Golfers’ elbow is a chronic and overuse injury and it can be very frustrating to deal with especially since we use our hands all the time. But please don’t try and manage chronic pain on your own. Give us a call today, so we can give you exactly what you need to eradicate the pain.

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