Golfer's Elbow

What is it?

Golfer’s elbow causes pain on the inside side of your elbow. It is similar to Tennis Elbow, but a lot less common.

The medical term for golfers elbow is medial epicondylitis. This is because the pain is felt around the area of the medial epicondyle (the lower, inner, bumpy part of your bone in your elbow).

What are the symptoms?

For most people with Golfer’s Elbow, the pain only occurs when you use your wrist and forearm. Clenching and twisting motions can make the pain worse. It can also be difficult to hold a knife or a cup of tea. 

In severe cases, there may be pain at rest or when you sleep. In some people, it can also interfere with the elbow range of motion, and prevent it from fully bending or straightening. There can also be stiffness.

In a large percentage of sufferers, they may also have cubital tunnel syndrome, which causes tingling and numbness of the ring and little fingers.

what is the treatment?

Similar to Tennis Elbow, this can be a chronic condition that lasts for many months. The majority of cases do tend to resolve by themselves however.

Recovery can be speeded up by physiotherapy, which is the main form of treatment. Injections with steroid or Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) can also have a positive benefit and sped up recovery.

Surgery is possible, but it is reserved for patients where physio and injections hasn’t worked. Surgery has been shown to be successful in chronic cases, but patients must be diligent with their post-operative rehab.

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