Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), is a kind of tendinitis very similar to tennis elbow. Golfing is just one of several sources of this affliction, which could result from any activity resulting in overuse of tendons and the muscles of the forearm. The pain at the elbow is much like tennis elbow. Golfer’s elbow the inflammation and pain occur at the inside or medial side of the joint.
The medial epicondyle is a bony prominence on the inside of the elbow. It’s the point for muscles used to bend down the wrist. Repetitive and forceful bending of the wrist and the fingers may result in small ruptures of the tendon and the muscle in this region. While the golf swing causes tightness in the flexor muscles. Tendons might lead to medial epicondylitis, other activities could cause the same injury.
Case of injury
Repetitive stress into the tendons of the forearm and the flexor muscles. Sudden trauma or blow to the elbow. Repeated stress is put on the arm when accelerating the throwing motion. Underlying health problems such as neck problems, gout, arthritis or rheumatism.
Golfer’s elbow signs and symptoms
Pain resulting from grasping or lifting objects. Tenderness and pain in the epicondyle. It gets worse when the wrist is flexed. It is difficult to extend the forearm.
If the activity continues golfer’s elbow, while alleviated by rest can cause unpleasantness and pain. The condition reacts well to rehabilitation and requiring surgery is rare. If it needs surgery scar tissue is removed from the elbow where the tendons attach.
Golfer’s elbow immediate treatment
RICER for 48-72 hours. Avoid any activities that cause repetitive stress to the elbow. The use of an anti-inflammatory diet.
Golfer’s elbow rehabilitation and prevention
Involving golfing, the affliction can be prevented or reduced altogether through attention to the right technique and overuse. A golfer’s elbow often appears early in the golf season when tendons and muscles are not conditioned yet. It is important to avoid painful activities in rehabilitation The use of an anti-inflammatory diet and pain medication will help reduce symptoms. Resistive exercises could be undertaken to enhance strength.
People suffering from golfer’s elbow usually make a complete recovery with no surgery if the proper rest is given from the stressful activity.
Sports massage treatment has been proven to be effective in the short and long-term direction of Golfer’s Elbow. Aims to achieve:
- Reduction of elbow pain.
- Facilitation of tissue repair.
- Restoration of normal joint range of motion and function.
- Restoration of muscle length, strength and movement patterns.
- The normalisation of your upper limb neurodynamics.
- The normalisation of cervical joint work.