Golfer’s elbow

Golfer’s elbow

Elbow Condition

Golfer’s elbow​

Medial epicondylitis (commonly referred to as “golfer’s elbow”) is a condition caused by small tears of the tendons that surround the elbow joint.

It occurs as a result of continuous and repeated trauma caused by repeated use of the arm and forearm muscles and usually affects men between the ages of 20 and 49.

Causes

The damage is usually related to excessive or repeated tension, especially forced movements of the wrist and fingers. Raising, throwing or hitting objects improperly, as well as poor conditioning or warm-up, can contribute to the development of golfer’s elbow.

Symptoms

Golfer’s elbow is characterized by:

Pain and tenderness in the inner part of the elbow: Sometimes the pain spreads throughout the inner part of the forearm. This pain usually gets worse with certain movements.

Stiffness: Your elbow feels rigid and it can hurt when you close your hand.

Weakness: You can feel weakness in the hand and wrist.

Numbness or tingling: These sensations can radiate to one or more fingers (usually the ring finger and little finger).

Treatment
  • Non-surgical treatment
  • The sooner you start the treatment, the faster you can resume your usual activities.
Rest
  • Put some ice in the affected area.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Use an immobilization brace.
  • Stretch and strengthen the affected area.
Surgical treatment

Consult with your doctor if it would be appropriate for you to undergo surgery. It is very rare that surgery is needed, but if your symptoms do not respond to non-surgical treatment within 6 to 12 months, surgery may become an option. A new procedure consists of minimally invasive, ultrasound-guided removal of scar tissue of the affected area.