Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is characterized by pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to the medial epicondyle, which is the bony prominence on the inner side of the elbow.
Despite its name, Golfer’s elbow can affect anyone who performs repetitive wrist and forearm motions, not just golfers. It is typically caused by overuse or repetitive stress on the tendons, leading to small tears and subsequent pain and inflammation.
Common symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
- Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow
- Weakness of the forearm muscles and difficulty with gripping or lifting objects.
- Stiffness especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity
- Numbness or tingling
Golfer’s Elbow is more common in people who relate to the following:
- Athletes and individuals who are involved in sports or activities that require repetitive arm, wrist, and hand movements
- Office Workers who perform repetitive computer tasks which involve the use of a mouse and keyboards.
- Manual Laborers (carpenters, plumbers, painters, and mechanics), individuals whose occupations involve repetitive lifting, gripping, and twisting of the wrist and arm
- Musicians like guitarists and pianists
Physiotherapy Treatment for Golfers’ Elbow
- Rest and Ice
- Therapeutic Exercises to strengthen the forearm muscles and improve flexibility.
- Manual therapy such as soft tissue manipulation, massage, and joint mobilizations.
- Ultrasound therapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, and promote healing.
- Acupuncture and dry-needling
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Brace or splint to provide support and help reduce strain on the affected tendons.
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