What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bone. This pain is caused by overuse or repetitive stress to the tendons and muscles that control the wrist and fingers. Symptoms can include pain, tenderness, and weakness in the affected arm, as well as stiffness and difficulty gripping objects. The condition is common in golfers but can also occur in other athletes and people who engage in repetitive arm movements, such as tennis players, baseball players, and manual laborers.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for golfer’s elbow and can help to reduce pain and improve function. We at Bounce have developed a successful treatment plan that includes the following techniques:
Stretching and Strengthening exercises: Stretching and strengthening exercises can help to improve flexibility, increase strength, and reduce pain in the affected arm. The therapist may prescribe specific exercises to improve the range of motion in the elbow and wrist, and to target the muscles that control these joints.
Manual Therapy: The therapist may use manual techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and soft tissue mobilization to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Taping or Bracing: The therapist may use taping or bracing to support the affected arm and reduce stress on the injured area.
Activity modification: The therapist may provide guidance on modifying activities that may be contributing to the injury and recommend alternative activities to promote healing.
Signs and Symptoms
- Pain on the inside of the elbow and forearm
- Forearm muscle weakness and often losing grip due to pain
- Elbow stiffness in the morning
Key Stats and Facts
- 1% of all adults each year are affected by Golfer’s Elbow
- Up to 20% of these adults have ulnar nerve symptoms which causes pain radiating down to the little finger
Uncover the process
- Golfer’s elbow pain can be relieved by strengthening the muscles around your shoulder and forearm
- Golfer’s elbow pain can also be relieved by improving your grip position or wrist position (e.g. wrists supported whilst computer typing)
- Golfer’s elbow is commonly found in age groups from 45-65 years of age
Dos and Donts
- Don’t try to grip and lift an object with a bent wrist (keep a neutral grip position)
- Supportive braces can help to relieve pain and provide rest to the painful area
- Avoid weight bearing through hands and wrists
- Avoid repetitive forearm and wrist tasks
We can help relieve your Golfer’s elbow by improving how your shoulder and elbows move and relieving tight muscles which pull on the painful spot on the outside part of the elbow