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Golfer’s Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis

Golfer’s Elbow

Medial epicondylitis is an inflammation at the point where the tendons of the forearm attach to the bony prominence of the inner elbow. As an example, this tendon can become strained in a golf swing, but many other repetitive motions can injure the tendon. Golfer’s elbow is characterized by local pain and tenderness over the inner elbow. The range of motion of the elbow is preserved because the inner joint of the elbow is not affected. Those activities which require twisting or straining the forearm tendon can elicit pain and worsen the condition.

Medial Epicondylitis

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are form of tendonitis in the elbow. Tendons are the ends of muscles that attach to bone. Because of the force of the muscle, the points of insertion of the tendon on the bone are often pointed prominences. The medical names of Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis) come from the names of bony prominences where the tendons insert, and where the inflammation causes the pain. The pain of golfer’s elbow is usually at the elbow joint on the inside of the arm; a shooting sensation down the forearm is also common while gripping objects.

What causes Golfer’s Elbow?

The mechanism of this injury can vary from a single violent action to, more commonly, repetitive stress injury where an action is performed repeatedly and pain gradually develops. No one is immune from these injuries, but they are most common at the beginning of the golf season, or when the offending activity is increased in intensity or duration. Golf is one common cause of these symptoms, but many other sport- and work-related activities can cause the same problem. Another common cause of this injury is when carpenters use hand tools with excessive force or pressure.

What are the treatment options available for Golfer’s Elbow?

Treatment includes Medicines and Anti-inflammatory injection for mild cases and Shockwave Therapy for non-invasive treatment. Surgery will be the last-resort if all conservative treatments do not work well.

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