Golfers elbow / medial epicondylitis is a condition that causes pain where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. The pain might spread into your forearm and wrist.
Golfers elbow / medial epicondylitis is similar to tennis elbow, which occurs on the outside of the elbow. It’s not limited to golfers. Tennis players and others who repeatedly use their wrists or clench their fingers also can develop golfer’s elbow.
Rest and over-the-counter pain relievers often help relieve your golfers elbow / medial epicondylitis. Golfers elbow Treatments may include physical therapy, stretching, a counterforce brace, and steroid injections. If conservative treatments have failed after 6 to 12 months, you are faced with surgery to debride/scrape the damaged tissue from the tendon or a single treatment of Orthowave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy, the FDA approved non-invasive alternative to surgery.
Golfers elbow pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. The pain is dependent on the severity of your golfers elbow as well as your pain tolerance. Normally, the pain occurs when twisting or grasping something but severe cases of golfers elbow can give you constant pain.
Golfers elbow is very similar to tennis elbow in the fact that the pain is present on the elbow. However, unlike the more common tennis elbow, golfers elbow occurs on the inside of the elbow, where the tendons attach the forearm to the elbow. The pain can sometimes radiate down the forearm into the hand.
Golfers elbow is an overuse injury that occurs from repetitive flexing, gripping or swinging. The tendons that attach to the inside of your elbow become inflamed and small tears or pulls occur, causing pain. Over time, these small injuries can build up to cause chronic golfers elbow.
Your golfers elbow can be cured, and most conservative treatments are effective. However, if you are still experiencing pain after several months of conservative treatments, surgery or High-energy Shockwave Therapy might be necessary.
It is recommended to attempt self-care treatments first; including rest, icing the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day, wearing a brace, and strengthen the affected area. If after self-help treatments you see no improvements, consulting your physician might be necessary for physical therapy and other conservative treatments. For severe cases of golfers elbow, surgery to debride the tendons or non-invasive High-energy Shockwave Therapy might be necessary.