July 27th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Golfer's Elbow

Staff Report


Health N' Sports: Golfer's Elbow
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on the condition

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. 

 

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Golfer’s Elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow, but it occurs on the inside of your elbow rather than the outside. One of the most common conditions affecting the elbow is actually an overuse injury, causing pain and inflammation at the attachment of the muscle groups that flexes the wrist.

Causes:

  • Golf
  • Throwing sports
  • Weight training
  • Racket sports
  • Other activities such as yard work; raking, chopping wood, and hammering that requires repetitive wrist, hand, or arm movements

Symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow
  • Stiffness especially after inactivity; early am
  • Stiffness with gripping activities
  • Numbness and tingling over the medial aspect of the forearm

Treatment:

  • Rest
  • Flexibility exercises prescribed by your physical therapist
  • Frequent application of ice
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Activity modification
  • Golfer elbow bracing

Consult you physical therapist or physician if symptoms persist. Additional conservative treatment options may be indicated.

 

Article By: Patrick Thompson, P.T.

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

Main Office: 502-897-1794

Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

Website: louortho.com

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