Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow and forearm. Despite its name, this condition doesn’t only affect golfers. Many activities that involve repetitive wrist and finger motions can lead to golfer’s elbow.

Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow

The main symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow, which may extend down the forearm
  • Stiffness in the elbow joint
  • Weakness in the hands and wrists
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers

Symptoms usually worsen with certain movements, such as gripping objects, flexing the wrist, or twisting the forearm.

Causes of Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is an overuse injury. It’s caused by repeated stress on the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers. The stress creates tiny tears in the tendons, leading to inflammation and pain.

Activities that can cause golfer’s elbow include:

  • Golf, especially with improper technique
  • Racquet sports
  • Throwing sports
  • Weight training
  • Repetitive occupational movements, such as construction or plumbing

Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

Treatment for golfer’s elbow usually involves rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. Specific treatments may include:

  • Rest and avoid activities that cause pain
  • Applying ice to the affected area
  • Using a brace or splint to support the elbow
  • Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections (in severe cases)
  • Surgery (rarely necessary)

Prevention of Golfer’s Elbow

To prevent golfer’s elbow:

  • Warm up before activities
  • Use proper technique and equipment
  • Strengthen forearm muscles
  • Take breaks and avoid overuse

If you think you may have golfer’s elbow, see your doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can help speed recovery and prevent further damage.

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