Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Golfer’s Elbow what is it?
Do you think you may have Golfer’s Elbow, well the information below can give you the details to decide if you may have and explain how it can be treated.
The medial epicondyle, the boney bit on the inside of the elbow or simply the opposite side to the “funny bone”, is the insertion site of flexor muscles. Golfer’s Elbow is caused by repetitive overuse of these muscles, for example, forceful, repeated bending of the fingers and wrist, repeated stress on the arm during the acceleration phase of the throwing motion, and repeated tightening of the flexor muscles and tendons during a golf swing. Or it can simply be brought on by trauma to the medial (inside) aspect of the elbow. Neck problems, arthritis, rheumatism, and gout may cause similar symptoms.
The symptoms are pain and tenderness at the medial epicondyle, particularly when the wrist is flexed or when objects are grasped or lifted. Extending the arm becomes difficult because of the pain. In some cases, recovery can take months because the inflamed tendon or tendons heal slowly.
Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow
Could include using deep tissue massage and acupressure massage using cross friction techniques on the forearm and using some “soft” manipulation techniques to ensure smooth functioning and mobility within the wrist.
From then on treatment will be tailored to follow the reaction to the previous treatment and could include MET to the muscles of the forearm to improve their function which long term should help reduce the strain on the tendon at the elbow.
Applying a cold therapy and compression wrap for ten to fifteen minutes every few hours will reduce the immediate pain and inflammation and this can then be reduced to three to four times per day.
Rest is very important. Golfers elbow will not heal if it is not allowed to rest. Continuing to use the wrist may result in the injury becoming chronic which is much more difficult to treat.
- Functional assessment
- Deep tissue massage
- Tui Na (Chinese massage and manipulation)
- Acupressure massage
- MET (muscle energy technique)
- Muscle re-education, to improve muscle control
- Electrotherapy (TENS)
- Exercise programs, to strengthen your muscles and improve movement
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