Golfer Elbow (medial epicondylitis)

Golfer’s elbow, which is a type of tendinitis, can also be called medial epicondylitis. It is a condition in which a person experiences moderate to severe pain because of overuse of the muscles in the forearm. The pain from this condition is generally felt on the inside bony part of your elbow.

What Causes Golfer’s Elbow?

When you perform any kind of repetitive wrist or arm movement, the muscles in those areas might become strained and the tendons might sustain small tears. Gripping an object, rotating your arm, and flexing are all motions that can increase your risk for golfer’s elbow.

Even though it is named for golfers who use those types of motions regularly, the condition is certainly not limited to that population. People who engage in activities associated with baseball, bowling, tennis, automotive work, and painting are also more prone to get golfer’s elbow.

How is Golfer’s Elbow Treated?

In mild cases, golfer’s elbow can be treated with rest and ice. With ice, however, you should be careful to not apply it directly to the skin. Use a towel to avoid getting frostbite. Also, you should not use ice for longer than 20 minutes at a time. Applying ice for longer periods may result in tissue or nerve damage.

If ice is not taking the pain away, you could try taking over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen. If these methods don't help to relieve pain, you should definitely talk to an orthopedic specialist.

Sometimes, you need to change the way you perform your daily movements so you don’t put so much stress on the muscles surrounding your elbow. There might be some techniques that your coach can teach you to prevent significant pain in your elbows.

To get more information about treatment for golfer’s elbow, you should talk to an orthopedic specialist, especially if you are experiencing a lot of pain.

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