Golfers elbow (Medical epicondylitis) is an overload injury that can occur gradually or after a direct trauma to the medial (inside) part of your elbow. Symptoms are usually aggravated by activities that involve wrist flexion and pronation (turning your palm to face the ground) causing pain in the muscles in your forearm that attach to the inside of the elbow .
Golfers elbow isn’t limited to golfers however, can also occur in those who play tennis, swimmers and javelin throwers. However, this injury can also be present if your occupation involves regular wrist movements and lifting activities, which may aggravate the muscles.
Symptoms to look out for:
Tenderness on the inside of the elbow
Pain and stiffness with elbow and/or wrist movements
Difficulty with twisting movements like opening a jar or turning a door handle
Possible mild swelling
Weakness with gripping and holding objects
What can YOU do to help with Golfers Elbow?
Apply ice to the area for 15 minutes 3-4 times per day
Modify aggravating activities. For example, use techniques that put less stress on your elbow and wrist
Pacing yourself is key. Split a task into parts so you are not overloading the injured area
Speak to your GP regarding Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory medication
What can WE, at Physioflexx, do to help with Golfers Elbow?
Manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue release can reduce tension felt in your forearm
Acupuncture could be suitable for you to reduce pain
Tailor exercises to improve your range of movement, strength and function
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