What is Golfers Elbow
Golfer’s elbow is an injury to the muscles that flex your wrist and fingers. The site of injury is typically the medial epicondyle, a bony bump on the inside of the elbow where these muscles attach.
What are Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms?
Typically, the golfer’s elbow sufferer will experience pain when performing gripping tasks or resisted wrist/finger flexion. Pain can also be present when the muscles are stretched. There will be tenderness directly over the bony epicondyle, and there may be trigger points in the wrist flexor muscles.
Some sufferers will also have neck stiffness and tenderness, as well as signs of median nerve irritation. Most elbow movements will be pain-free. Gripping is painful.
What Causes Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is caused by damaged muscle tissue at the point it anchors to the arm bone at the elbow. It occurs when more force is applied to an area than the normal healthy tissues can handle.
In some cases such as Chronic Golfer’s Elbow, this can occur due to the soft tissues being in poor health, which are easily injured. Inflammation follows the injury, which leads to swelling and elbow pain.
What Causes Chronic Golfer’s Elbow?
Chronic Golfer’s Elbow is associated with degenerative changes in the muscle tissues located at the medial epicondyle.
Who Suffers Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow occurs commonly in the community. It is present in golfer’s. However, it is common is repetitive manual trades where gripping is involved.
It can occur at any age, however, sufferers are generally between the ages of 35 and 50.
Predictably, the side affected is usually associated with handedness, but it can occur in the non-dominant arm. Males and females are affected equally.
Golfer’s Elbow Treatment
A combination therapy has been shown to be effective in the short and long-term management of Golfer’s Elbow. Therapy aims to achieve a:
- Reduction of elbow pain.
- Facilitation of tissue repair.
- Restoration of normal joint range of motion and function.
- Restoration of normal muscle length, strength and movement patterns.
Treatment can include:
- EWST Shockwave therapy to reduce pain symptoms and speed healing in the area of pain and the associated muscles.
- A specific Muscle stretches and a strengthening program to restore normal function.
Our therapists will design the best treatment program for your specific injury and lifestyle.