Signs of Golfer’s Elbow

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 1:45 pm

You don’t have to be a golfer to get golfer’s elbow. The condition, also known as medial epicondylitis, can develop in anyone who uses their wrists or clenches their fingers frequently.

Medial epicondylitis affects tendons on the inner side of your elbow—as opposed to tennis elbow, which affects tendons on the outer side. You use those inner tendons for certain actions, like twisting your wrist, and you make tiny tears in them when you perform those actions repeatedly or with improper form. Over time, the tears can cause irritation and pain.

People who participate in particular sports—like golf, baseball, and football—are at risk of developing golfer’s elbow. Certain jobs—like painting, plumbing, and cooking—can also cause the condition by requiring people to perform particular motions for at least two hours per day. Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, and age.

Signs

Elbow pain— You’ll usually experience pain or tenderness on the inside of your elbow that can spread to your forearms. Certain motions—like gripping or twisting—may make the pain worse.

Tingling— You may experience tingling or numbness in your ring and little fingers.

Stiffness— Your elbow may start to feel stiff, and you may find it difficult to make a fist.

Weakness—Your hands and wrists may get weaker.

Treatment

Golfer’s elbow doesn’t require surgery. Instead, it can be treated with simple means such as:

Rest and ice

Use of brace/wrist splints/athletic tape

Physical therapy

Stretching and strengthening the elbow

Medication

You can gradually return to your job or favorite activity after the pain has subsided but practice the motions first to make sure your elbow has truly healed. Also, check and correct your form to prevent another case of golfer’s elbow.

Call the Orthopaedic Institute if your elbow pain persists.

 

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