What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s Elbow is a condition where you experience pain on the inside of the elbow. There are a lot of muscles that connect on the inside of the elbow including those that control fingers, wrist, and forearm with twisting.
Due to overuse of these areas, you can experience degeneration in the tendons attached to the inside of the elbow. It is not necessary to you have to be a golfer to get a golfer’s elbow. This condition can happen in regular people that have overuse injuries with poor form.
Signs and Symptoms of golfer’s elbow:
- Pain and Tenderness on the inner side of your elbow,
- pain with doing things like
- picking up glasses to drink,
- turning door handles at home,
- wearing a seat belt in the car, or
- Desk work such as typing on the computer or holding a phone.
- Elbow stiffness,
- forearm weakness,
- Numbness or Tingling,
- A weak grip,
- Elbow pain while lifting weight.
Traditional healthcare approaches to golfer’s elbow or medial Epicondylitis include things like- rest, Icing, and anti-inflammatory, if things got a little bit more serious it may lead you to a path of imaging and potential injection and surgery. While some of those things may help to alleviate some of the pain it’s not going to usually fix the issue.
Here Elite Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is a little bit different to fix Golfer’s elbow or medial Epicondylitis. At our multi-disciplinary physiotherapy clinic, we address Golfer’s elbow in a little bit different way. Our primary focus is to figure out what exactly is causing this pain on the inside of your elbow and we do that with a very thorough history and examination. As soon as we determine the cause of your pain, we provide very specific manual therapy to the affected areas to promote healing. When our treatment is complete, we place you in an active rehabilitation program where you are taught to stretch tight areas, strengthen weak areas, and get a home exercise plan to help speed up your recovery.
- A heat therapy using moist heat was applied or a cold therapy using cryo air or ice packs. This will improve the local vasoconstriction and provide analgesic effects.
- The patient has to stop provocative activities. But don’t stop all activities since that can cause atrophy of the muscles. Our physiotherapist will design a load management and activity modification plan.
- Deep friction massage-During a deep friction massage, the physiotherapist will release the forearm muscles.
- Then our physiotherapists will do Muscle Energy Technique to improve the Range Of Motion.
- Elite Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is equipped with all high tech modalities to relieve your golfer’s elbow pain such as-
- Resisted eccentric strengthening exercises with Thera band, or dumbbells. Exercises included- wrist flexion/extension and forearm pronation/supination.
- Stretching exercises.
- Kinesio Taping- our Physiotherapist will apply specialized Tape on your elbow to support the joint and prevent the tendon from further injury also reduce inflammation.
- Dry needling.
- Along with the wrist and elbow muscles also doing strengthening exercises for shoulder and scapulae muscles, as well as incorporating spine Range of motion drills such as- hip hinge pull down, prone Y, and bench mobilization.
- Home Exercise plan: Icing of affected elbow several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes, night splinting, self-muscle releasing with the tennis ball, resisted strengthening exercises with thera band. Protect your elbows by wearing an elbow brace while doing grip strengthening exercises.
- If a patient does require surgery, then physiotherapy should start seven to ten days after the operation when the splint and skin sutures are removed to prevent scar tissue formation and return the patient to full function.