Also known as Medial Epicondylitis, Golfer’s Elbow is a repetitive type soft tissue injury of the forearm muscles that creates tension and pain on the inside of the elbow. This can be caused by overuse of the forearm muscles responsible for gripping and turning the wrist toward the side of the little finger. This constant tension pulls on the muscle’s insertion on the elbow creating inflammation and pain. This does not just happen to golfers. Any activity that overuses the gripping and wrist muscles can cause golfer’s elbow. This includes:
- Racket Sports
- Using tools (hammer, axe, wrench, screw driver)
- Throwing Sports
- Weight Training
Besides pain and muscle tension in the forearm, golfer’s elbow can also produce numbness and weakness in the forearm and hand. Risk factors include age more than 40, obesity, and smoking.
Treatment of golfer’s elbow typically includes soft tissue work to the muscles, stretches, exercises, manipulation of the wrist and elbow, ultrasound, and electro-muscle stimulation. Habit modification is also recommended. At times an assessment of the offending activity is necessary to evaluate how these activities can be modified.
If you have forearm or elbow pain, please contact us at 918-600-2969.