Pain associated with golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, doesn’t have to keep you off the course or away from activities you enjoy. With the proper treatment and rest, you can get back into the swing of things on the green.
Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow (both are forms of elbow tendinitis), but occurs on the inside of the elbow rather than the outside. Inflammation along the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow, is where golfer’s elbow occurs. Pain is typically associated with the inflammation and may spread into the forearm and wrist.
Despite the name, this condition doesn’t just affect golfers. Any repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motions can lead to golfer’s elbow. Risky sports include tennis, bowling, and baseball; in fact, it's sometimes called pitcher's elbow. People may also acquire it from raking, painting, or using tools like screwdrivers and hammers.
"Golfer’s elbow can also be attributed to using the wrong equipment, like a golf club or tennis racket that is too heavy or that has a grip that is too large," explains Steven Heithoff, D.O., F.A.O.A.O., hand and elbow surgeon at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron.
If you suffer from golfer’s elbow, it is crucial to get treatment quickly just as it is for any overuse injury.
Apply ice to your elbow for 15-20 minutes, three to four times per day. It is also helpful to rest the injured elbow for a few weeks. Contact a doctor at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron if pain persists.
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