What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow/Medial epicondylitis is characterized by pain at the medial (inside) elbow due to degeneration and microtrauma of common flexor tendon of wrist and finger joints. Initially, inflammation around this flexor tendon is observed. In the long term, continued injury causes calcification or irreplaceable fibrosis of the tendon.
Causes, Signs & Symptoms:
It is commonly caused by repetitive wrist flexion activities and also due to direct blow to elbow or sudden extreme contraction of the flexor muscle. Players with golf, baseball, tennis or any other throwing sports are prone to develop this condition. Also occupations such as carpentry, plumbing which require repetitive wrist, forearm and hand movements are responsible.
Person with this condition usually complains of pain with pressure on the medial (inner) side of the elbow and pain gets provoked by resisted wrist movements.
How to Check for Golfers Elbow:
Special test: Keep your hand in neutral position, ask someone to supinate (palm up) your forearm passively and following that straighten your elbow and extend your wrist. If this movement causes pain over the medial (inner) side of your elbow, there are great chances to have Golfer’s elbow.
Person can perform by himself with another hand.
How Our Physiotherapists Can Help Your Elbow Pain?
Our physiotherapists are able to assess this condition and treat it with great positive results. Treatment for Golfer’s elbow includes education, ergonomic modifications along with progressive resisted training to strengthen muscles and improve their endurance. Acupuncture and ultrasound are also able to give results with manual therapy.
Written by: Anjali Patel. Registered Physiotherapist Resident. Orthopaedic Physiotherapist. Concussion Management
Orthopaedic Division Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Theory Manual
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