Conditions & Treatments - Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Are you experiencing pain at the inside of your elbow? Does the muscle in your forearm feel tight and sore? Does grasping items make your symptoms worse? If this is your situation than you may be experiencing a condition called golfer's elbow. This is an injury which is commonly seen by a physical therapist and is often associated with overuse and poor mechanics with various activities including golf.
What is Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer's elbow or medial epicondylitis is an inflammation of the tendon(s) on the inside of the elbow resulting in pain and tenderness to this area. The image displays the flexor muscle group of the inside left elbow (flexor carpi radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor digitorum profundus) which are most commonly injured. Medial epicondylitis is often called golfer's elbow because many golfers would develop pain on the inside of the elbow or inner side of the forearm as a result of poor swing and grip mechanics. Golfer's elbow is often associated with overuse as well as repetitive flexion at the elbow, wrist and fingers. (image from 20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body published in 1918)
Golfer's Elbow Treatment Options for a PT
· Ice Packs
· Rest and maintain ROM and strength
· Strengthening (see video 57 for elbow)
· Obtain an elbow brace
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Last revised: January 17 2008
by Chai Rasavong, MPT