Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a painful form of elbow tendonitis. While common among golfers, you don’t need to be a regular on the green to be affected by this condition. Repetitive elbow movements used when playing tennis. baseball, bowling, or with some occupations – such as those who paint or use a hammer often – may be at risk.

Golfer’s elbow typically stems from overuse of the tendons located in the inner elbow. These tendons are responsible for gripping, wrist flexion, and arm rotation. Overtime the tendon may tear and breakdown resulting in pain and swelling.

Pain from Golfer’s elbow is typically felt at the inside of the elbow and may extend into the forearm, wrist, and small finger. If you are experiencing elbow pain schedule an appointment for an orthopedic evaluation.

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  • Pain, tenderness, or stiffness on the interior side of the elbow that may extend to the wrist and small finger
  • Numbness or tingling in the interior side of the elbow that may extend to the wrist and small finger.
  • Weakened grip and weakness in the wrist
  • Repetitive movement in the arm, elbow, and wrist used when swinging, throwing, lifting, or pulling
  • Sports injuries associated with golfing, bowling, playing baseball, or rowing
  • Occupational tasks that require repetitive elbow movement such as hammering, painting, or raking
  • Playing sports that involve repetitive elbow and wrist movement
  • Occupations that require repetitive elbow and wrist movement
  • Excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Physical examination of the elbow and wrist
  • X-ray to evaluate bone condition
  • MRI to evaluate muscle and soft tissue health
  • RICE therapy: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization of the affected area using a cast or brace
  • Decreased repetitive motion
  • In severe cases, surgical repair may be recommended to remove damaged tissue
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