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Golfers elbow

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A very similar condition to tennis elbow may also afflict the inside aspect of the elbow and is commonly referred to as 'golfers elbow'. This condition is also of an overuse nature relating to a strength deficit. The correct medical term for Golfer's Elbow is Medial Epicondylitis and it is characterized by pain which affects the inside of elbow and it is associated with work-related activities.

What Causes Golfer's Elbow?

There are many other activities that can result in Golfer's Elbow such as working out at the gym or simply working in front of a computer for prolonged periods. Each of these activities use the same muscles (wrist flexors and forearm pronators) repetitively and can result in the inflammation of common flexor tendon of the wrist where it attaches at the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle). The causes of Golfer's Elbow are similar to tennis elbow but pain and tenderness are felt on the inside (medial) of the elbow, on or around the joint's bony prominence.

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Symptoms Of Golfer's Elbow

Symptoms include tenderness and pain at the medial epicondyle, made worse by resisted flexing of the wrist and forearm pronation . The pain may spread down the forearm. Activities that use the flexor muscles like bending the wrist or grasping can make matters worse. Sufferers find they have difficulty extending the forearm fully (because of inflamed muscles, tendons and ligaments) and the pain typically lasts for 6 to 12 weeks; the discomfort can continue for as little as 3 weeks or as long as several years.

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Physiotherapy Treatment

  • Exercise programmes including; neural and flexor muscle stretches, and progressive conditioning exercises to strengthen the area and prevent re-injury.
  • Massage to relieve stress and tension in the muscles.
  • Tapping a band around your forearm to take pressure off the extensor tendons.
  • Myofascial release of the forearm flexors and pronator teres.
  • Deep Transverse frictions to the extensor tendon.
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrotherapy
For stubborn cases of Epicondylitis your doctor may advise corticosteroid injections, which dramatically reduce inflammation, but they cannot be used long-term because of potentially damaging side effects.

If rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and a stretching routine fail to cure your elbow pain, you may have to consider surgery. However, physiotherapy should always be the first treatment option, before both steroid injections and surgery. If injections or surgery are performed they should always be followed with a program of physiotherapy or the problem with undoubtedly reoccur.

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