Golfers elbow is a condition of the elbow that causes elbow pain and discomfort. Golfers elbow affects the muscles and tendons on the inside of the elbow. Golfers elbow is called a variety of different names including:
- Medial elbow pain
- Flexor tendinopathy
- Flexor tendonitis
- Medial epicondylitis
- Medial epicondylalgia
- Medial epicondylosis.
Long term overuse or an acute forceful injury, such as lifting something too heavy, cause golfers elbow. Many golfers will get this condition, hence the name golfers elbow.
Golfers elbow results from repeated bending of the wrist and elbow. Golfers do get this problem, but certain manual jobs and occupations can also cause it. These include working at a computer, carpentry (building) or simply holding a new baby all day. Golfers elbow is very common in new mums and dads.
Symptoms of golfers elbow include tenderness and pain on the inside of the elbow and forearm. Pain is worse when gripping objects with the hand. Weakness is often also experienced in the wrist and forearm. Golfers elbow often comes on gradually, starting as a niggle and then becoming much stiffer, weaker and painful.
Treatment for golfers elbow includes:
- Protect the area by stopping or limiting movements and activities that irritate the elbow, such as gripping activities.
- Using elbow an elbow support to relieve tension and reduce movement, while the injury is acute.
- Electrotherapy, such as ultrasound or laser treatment performed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist to reduce pain and inflammation and help the healing process.
- Anti-inflammatory medication as needed and perscribed by your GP or pharmacist
- Sports massage, performed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist.
- Exercises to reduce pain and inflammation
- Strengthening exercises to improve muscle and tendon strength and prevent future episodes.