Golfer’s elbow is a condition affecting the elbow muscles, tendons and the bony knobble (epicondyle) on the inside of the elbow where the muscles that flex the forearm attach to the upper arm. The most common cause of Golfers elbow isoveruse of the wrist flexor muscles. Repetitive movements such as gripping, throwing, hammering, gardening, D.I.Y. training and sports etc. can cause the flexor muscles to tense and pull on the tendon attached to the medial epicondyle. This is known as medial epicondylitis or Golfers elbow.
It is not only golfer’s who develop this problem!
Main Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
The symptoms consist of pain and soreness due to inflammation and tendon changes on the inside of the elbow, especially when quickly flexing the arm and hand, as in lifting and pouring a kettle, or following through after hitting a golf ball. Sufferers can experience difficulty extending the elbow / forearm fully and pain sometimes radiates down the forearm.
Symptoms are often gradual with pain lasting several weeks, niggling discomfort possibly lasting longer. It can also be caused by specific trauma. Pain can also cause sleep disruption and restriction to some simple everyday activities.
How is Golfer’s Elbow treated?
Physiotherapy can be very successful at correcting the symptoms of golfers elbow, to achieve good settlement of this problem a combination of techniques can be required. Our experienced Physiotherapists will work with you to find the right way forward in the safest and quickest time.
Even if you have had surgery/injection for this problem and your pain is/has subsided, current research advocates specific strengthening exercise to enable thebest possible healing and prevent recurrence.
Our Physiotherapists are adept at dealing with this common problem at all stages of recovery ranging from 1 week to several years of symptoms.
Treatments for Golfer’s elbow;
- Deep transverse frictional massage.
- Ultrasound treatment.
- Shortwave diathermy.
- Specific stretching and mobilisation.
- Strengthening exercises.
- Ergonomic advice.
Occasionally injection therapy is required, extreme cases may require surgery to release the tendon sheath. We will liaise with your GP or Consultant to enable smooth transition and best all round care.