What Is Golfers Elbow?
Golfer's elbow is a term for pain on the medial, or inside, of the elbow.
It's technical term is medial epicondylalgia.
It is called golfer's elbow because a lot of golf players develop this condition from the repetitive gripping and swinging of clubs.
It is a condition that occurs when the flexor tendons of the wrist and forearm are irritated and overloaded at the insertion point onto the bone.
This often occurs due to overloading of the wrist flexor muscle group on the forearm.
Causes Of Golfer's Elbow:
- Overuse and repetitive loading of the flexor muscles
An imbalance between the wrist extensor and the flexor muscles – the flexors work too much
A traumatic injury to the wrist flexors
Gripping activities like golf, cricket, hammering, and weightlifting with flexed wrists
Treatment Of Golfer's Elbow:
Like any tendon injury, the early stages of treatment aims to rest the tendon and settle down the pain.
The next step is to load and strengthen the tendons and muscles gradually.
Restoring an even balance between the flexors and extensors will ensure the problem does not return.
Another contributor to flexor tendon overload is poor shoulder mechanics.
Trying to maintain a neutral or straight wrist with activity, or utilising more extensors with flexion dominant activities, can help to reduce risk of overloading the flexor tendons.
How Do You Treat Golfer's Elbow?
Things to try at home:
Ceasing the aggravating activities
Anti inflammatory medications and topical gels
Self massage of the flexor muscles in the forearm
Wearing a compressive elbow guard
Graded exercise program prescribed by your physio
Of course, your best option is to consult with a physiotherapist who understands your injury and help you to rehab it as quickly as possible.
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