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Golfers Elbow

Golfer hitting golf shot with club on course while on summer vacation

Golfers Elbow

 

 This month I will be talking about the painful condition known as Golfers Elbow, which golfers in particular and other racquet sports players can suffer with.

 

What is Golfers Elbow?

 

Golfers elbow, or its correct term Medial Epicondylitis, is an inflammation in the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to this inner side of the elbow.

 

 

What causes Golfers Elbow?

 

Sports, such as racquet sports, golf, and even weight lifting, can cause symptoms of golfers elbow, where the stress of gripping and hitting an object or resisting a heavy object, overstrains the tendons at the point of their insertion at the inside of the elbow.

 

What are the symptoms for Golfers Elbow?

 

Symptoms include:

 

  • Localised pain into the bony point at the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle).
  • Pain on gripping with the palm up, lifting weights, or carrying heavy bags.
  • Pain on stretching the elbow, with the elbow straight and the wrist extended with fingers pointing backwards.
  • Pain on activities where you swing through striking an object such as a forehand in tennis, golf swing or a bicep curl against resistance.
  • Pain on pressure or palpation to the inside of the elbow.
  • Swelling (not that common) and bruising (very rare).

 

What can we do to help overcome Golfers Elbow?

 

  • Firstly you should apply ice to the affected area of the elbow for 10 minutes. This would normally happen 2 -3 times in the first 48 hours.
  • Massaging anti-inflammatory gel into the area can greatly benefit you.
  • Light stretching of the elbow with the elbow straight and pointing fingers away.
  • Tennis/Golfers elbow straps can alleviate pressure and tension off of the tendons that insert into the elbow.
  • Acupuncture can be great for curing chronic golfers elbow complaints.
  • Physiotherapy treatment is very effective for curing Golfers Elbow.
  • Changing grips on tennis racquets and golf clubs.
  • Reducing the amount of strenuous activity, and even resting the area can allow for adequate recovery.

 

If you have any questions from any of the points raised in this article, please feel free to contact me on 01273 467614 or at info@louisjonesphysio.co.uk.