Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Pain occurs on the inner (medial) side of the elbow where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the elbow. Golfers Elbow is a painful condition of the medial elbow caused by overuse of musculature that attaches to the elbow. It’s a common injury to golfers as the name implies, however it affects a lot of other people as well such as bowlers and baseball players.
Individuals at high risk of developing this condition are those routinely using screwdrivers, hammers, raking, or painting. Both golfers elbow and tennis elbow are both forms of elbow tendonitis.
The muscles that attach to the medial elbow pain causes become weakened from overuse and microscopic tears form in the tendon where it attaches to the medial elbow. Golfers Elbow is less often seen in our office compared to tennis elbow however both conditions can be extremely bothersome.
Our physical therapists typically have excellent results with these types of injuries. As with all conditions it is best to get checked as soon as possible. Our physical therapists at Total Medical Physical Therapy are here to help. Call now 718-866-3738.
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Golfer’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis
You wake up one morning with a slight pain near your inner elbow where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the elbow joint. As the days go by the pain grows a worse little by little. Chances are you have a case of what is known as golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis. Golfers elbow is caused by the overuse of the musculature that attaches to the elbow. While this condition is often seen as a sports injury among golfers, baseball players, and bowlers it also can be seen in people who have never played golf, but routinely use tools like screwdrivers, hammers, rakes, or does a great deal of painting.
Golfers elbow will only get worse if left untreated, so if you think you may have medial epicondylitis then your need to seek the assistance of Medial epicondylitis doctor.
Best Golfers Elbow Doctor To See
If you have a mild case of golfers elbow your regular GP should be able to diagnose and treat the condition, for more severe cases of this type of tendonitis you may want to get the opinion of a orthopedic specialist. Along with treating this condition themselves, your doctor may recommend that you see a golfers elbow therapist or attend a short golfers elbow clinic to learn more about your condition and the types of therapeutic exercises you can do at home.
Treatment and Therapy for Medial Epicondylitis
Treatment for Golfers Elbow usually begins by the doctor recommending you take a break from any activity that puts stress on the affect area, brace the elbow and apply ice to the area for 20 minutes several times a days for one or two days to help reduce the swelling and inflammation of your condition.
Your physical therapist will begin my speaking to you and having you explain your symptoms. He will then do an evaluation to determined the extend of your injuries and then will devise a plan for your physical therapy. This plan will consist both of what your therapist will work on with you and exercises that you will be required to do at home between therapy sessions. The exercises should include stretching exercises of the wrist, elbow and flexor as well as exercisers to improve strength to help prevent the condition from returning in the future.
Getting treatment for your Medial Epicondylitis promptly and continuing with therapy until you have completely healed will improve your chances of making a full recovery and being able to return to doing the things that you love.
When seeking a doctor or physical therapist to help you deal with your golfers elbow you need to be sure that you are open and honest with them about any pain you are experiencing and do your best to follow their instructions. Keep in mind as with any injury it takes time to recover completely, so try and be patient and take heart as you start to see improvement in your condition.