Golfers Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is a less-known cousin of the tennis elbow that causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. While tennis elbow is due to damage of tendons on the outside of the elbow, golfer’s elbow is caused by tendons on the inside of the elbow.

treatment for golfers elbow

Causes of Golfers elbow

Although the name specifies it to be a condition for golfers only but it can occur to any person due to the following reasons:

  • Overuse of the muscles in the forearm that allow gripping, rotating and flexing movement

  • Damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers

  • Excess or repeated stress especially forceful wrist and finger motions

  • Pulls or tiny tears in the tendons due to repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging

  • Improper lifting, throwing or hitting

  • Overusing tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or painting

  • Too little warm-up or poor conditioning

Symptoms of Golfers elbow

  • Pain and tenderness on the bony bump on the inside of the elbow

  • Pain may radiate into the forearm and wrist

  • Pain typically worsens with certain movements

  • Stiffness around elbow that makes it difficult to make a fist

  • Weakness in the hands and wrists

  • Numbness or tingling sensations that might radiate into one or more fingers usually the ring and little fingers

Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

Although pain can be severe but it definitely does not restrict the person from performing daily activities as the pain can be relieved by rest and appropriate treatment. Conservative management like applying ice packs, wearing a splint or strap to prevent pulling of the injured tendon, taking medications like NSAIDs, corticosteroid injections, injecting platelet rich plasma ( PRP ), physiotherapy etc. may provide relief to the patient. But in cases where these treatments fail to provide any relief to the patient, surgery is performed to remove the damaged tendon, improve blood flow to the area to aid healing and reattach the tendon to the bone.