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Golfer’s elbow, also referred to as medial epicondylitis, is a painful condition that impacts athletes and non-athletes, alike. It occurs when there is inflammation or a partial tear to the area where forearm tendons meet the inside of the elbow.
The injury may be caused by a single traumatic action, but is more often caused by repetitive motions of gripping, twisting or swinging during sports or certain types of work—such as carpentry and plumbing. Many competitive sports place significant strain on the joints of athletes, and the elbow is especially vulnerable to stress, considering the amount of swinging and throwing involved in many popular sports.
One of the best ways to avoid elbow problems is to strengthen your forearm muscles and slow your golf swing so that there will be less shock in the arm when the ball is hit.
The following simple exercises can help to build up your forearm muscles and help you avoid golfer’s elbow. For best results, do these exercises during the off-season, as well:
Symptoms may include:
Worsening of elbow pain may occur when grasping objects, bending the hand at the wrist, or twisting the forearm.
Golfer’s elbow is generally diagnosed after a thorough examination and detailed description of the pain.
Treatment for golfer’s elbow begins with a conservative approach. The first step is for the patient to discontinue the repetitive motions that are causing golfer’s elbow and to wear a brace to prevent injury aggravation. When pain persists, a cortisone injection may be performed.If these treatment steps fail to resolve golfer’s elbow, the physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center can perform minimally invasive surgery to remove damaged tissue and any bone spurs that have formed. Following surgery, your NJ orthopaedic surgeon will likely prescribe physical therapy to aid in a quick and complete recovery.