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Golfer’s Elbow Syndrome

Golfer’s Elbow Syndrome

Recognising the Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow

Pain on the inner side of the elbow – Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow causes pain on the inner side of your elbow, often stemming from overuse of the gripping and forearm muscles. Don’t let its name fool you – this condition can affect anyone! I specialise in treating golfer’s elbow, offering non-surgical solutions and advanced techniques for lasting relief.

Understanding Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a tendon issue affecting the inner side of your elbow. It’s crucial to recognise the signs and seek treatment for a swift recovery. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Symptoms: Pain and tenderness on the inner elbow, worsened by gripping, flexing the wrist, or forearm rotation.
  • Causes: Repetitive stress on the tendons that help you flex your wrist and fingers.
  • Treatment: Starts with rest and activity modification, and can include therapy, injections, or bracing.

I understand how frustrating golfer’s elbow pain can be…I have it! Let’s develop a personalised plan to relieve your symptoms and get you back to doing what you love.

Golfer’s Elbow FAQs

A painful condition caused by overuse and strain of the forearm tendons that attach to the inside (medial) part of the elbow.

No. While a common ailment for golfers, it can arise from various activities involving repetitive hand, wrist, and forearm use (e.g., throwing sports, weightlifting, manual labor).

Pain on the inside of the elbow, sometimes radiating down the forearm. Weakness in grip strength. Pain worsened by gripping, lifting, or flexing the wrist. Stiffness in the elbow.

Tingling or numbness in fingers, especially the ring and little finger.

I can diagnose it through a physical examination and discussing your activities. Imaging (X-ray, ultrasound, MRI) is often needed.

Rest: Avoid activities that cause pain. This is crucial for healing!

Ice: Apply ice packs several times a day.

NSAIDs: Over-the-counter pain relievers (ibuprofen, naproxen).

Counterforce Brace: A forearm strap may reduce tendon strain.

Physical Therapy: I’ll work with you on specialised exercises to strengthen forearm muscles and support healing.

Corticosteroid Injections: Short-term pain relief, but use with caution and consider other options first.

PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Injections: Promote natural healing. I specialise in this treatment.

Very rare! Only if severe pain persists for 6-12 months despite other treatments and significantly impacts your life.

Usually successful in relieving pain, but recovery requires commitment to regaining strength and motion.

Yes, most cases heal with time and conservative measures. This may take weeks or months.

Warm-up and stretch before exercise or demanding activities.

Use proper technique, especially in sports like golf. Let me help refine your form.

Strengthen forearm muscles with exercises. I’ll design a personalised program.

Optimise ergonomics for work tasks. I can provide an assessment

While uncommon, continued strain can increase pain and limit function. Early diagnosis and treatment lead to faster recovery.

Timelines vary. Initial rest with treatment often helps. Complete healing can take from weeks to over a year.

Rest initially, then I’ll guide you through specialised exercises key to recovery.

Specific massage techniques may help. I can recommend a therapist experienced with musculoskeletal injuries.

Ice is best for reducing inflammation early on. Let’s discuss incorporating heat later as part of your recovery plan.

Short-term use can help manage pain, but long-term reliance can weaken muscles. I’ll advise on the right balance.

More research is needed, but options like PRP injections and shockwave therapy can be explored together.

I’m always available to answer your questions and discuss the best options for your situation.

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