What is golfer’s elbow?
Golfer’s elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, is a painful condition on the inside of your elbow and is most commonly caused by repetitive tasks involving your wrist and fingers. This is similar to tennis elbow but on the opposite side of the elbow. The tendon can change its structure as a result of this and cause pain around the elbow and sometimes down the forearm. Golfer’s elbow does not necessarily mean you play golf! It can be work related (repetitive tasks), after excessive DIY (e.g. gardening) and sometimes even after direct trauma to the elbow. The risk of getting golfer’s elbow can also be increased with systemic medical conditions (e..g diabetes, obesity, etc).
What are the symptoms of golfer’s elbow?
What is the treatment for golfer’s elbow?
- Physiotherapy: physiotherapy can use different modalities to help settle your symptoms and recondition the tendons and muscles that have been affected. Progressive exercise is key in managing tendon pain!
- Lifestyle modification: it is important to cease or ease off activities that bring on your pain to ensure the tendon is resting
- Medication: these can be used to control pain and if there is inflammation present
- Cortisone injections: if the above options fail, a cortico-steroid injection into the elbow helps to open a pain-free window to partake in physiotherapy and exercises
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Laura Cruz - http://www.joondalupphysiotherapy.com.au