Golfers Elbow - Medial Epicondylitis

Golfers Elbow - Medial Epicondylitis

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.

Golfers Elbow Treatment

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.

OrthoWave® - Golfers Elbow Treatment

If you answer yes, then OrthoWave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy may be for you.
  • Is the pain from golfers elbow reducing your quality of life?
  • Have conservative treatments with your doctor failed?
  • Have you been suffering for at least 4 months?
  • Would you like to avoid the risks and downtime of surgery?
  • Are you looking for a proven, non-invasive treatment that works?
The energy delivered to an injury by HeSWT has numerous biological effects on the tendons that are connected to the medial epicondyle.
  • Breaks down the scar tissue and calcifications that impede healing
  • Increases blood flow through vascular growth
  • Immediately decreases pain with analgesic effects
  • Initiates your body’s natural healing process of the injured tendons, including the upregulation of growth factors and other healing factors, for long-term relief 
HeSWT has been studied and used extensively for over 20 years.
  • There are hundreds of studies proving the safety and efficacy of OrthoWave® HeSWT for orthopedic injuries, including golfers elbow
  • No serious nor long-term complication has ever been observed
  • Fully FDA approved, Class 3, medical device
  • OrthoWave® is true HeSWT; with Sonex, you know you are getting the best
OrthoWave® is a non-invasive treatment completed in office.
  • Only a single 40 min treatment is required to end the pain
  • Prior to treatment, a local anesthetic is often administered to numb the forearm
  • You are positioned in an exam chair, ultrasound gel applied, and the HeSWT treatment head placed precisely against the injured tendon location
  • Approximately 4000 shockwaves are delivered at a specific frequency/energy level while ensuring your comfort
  • Post treatment instructions are provided and you are able to leave immediately
OrthoWave® is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, time off from work, nor risk of complications like invasive surgery.
  • High-impact activities with that arm need to be avoided for 30 days but no restrictions on routine activities (work, shopping, etc)
  • Braces, cast, slings, etc, are not required
  • Most patients see a significant decrease in pain immediately
  • Greatest improvement realized over first 30 days but healing continues for several months
  • Waiting 30 days is often hardest part as your elbow quickly feels good for the first time in a long time…just give it some time to fully heal
Shockwave Therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for numerous injuries. Please contact us to learn more about Shockwave Therapy, the injuries we treat, if you are a candidate, and how we can help get you back to life pain free.

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Golfers Elbow FAQ's

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.