To What Extent Should I Worry About Golfer’s Elbow? It is common for ardent golfers, tennis players, and individuals resuming play to suffer the painful effects of the golfer’s elbow in the forearm and inside of the elbow. Luckily, getting relief from this condition is attainable.
Dr. Vinay Chopra and his team at Genesis Orthopaedic and Spine use nonsurgical and minimally invasive methods to alleviate the discomforts. If you seek optimal performance with lasting recovery, call your nearest office or book your visit online today.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow or epicondylitis refers to a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the tendons and muscles inside the elbow. This pain occurs typically on your medial epicondyle- your inner elbow’s boniest area. It is the point where muscles from your wrist and forearm connect. The pain may also radiate throughout the wrist and forearm.
Signs of Golfer’s Elbow
- Tenderness, pain, and adhesions or knots on your inner forearms.
- Pain, tenderness, and slight swelling at the bony protrusion on your elbow’s inner part.
- Increasing pain when bending your elbow or wrist
- Decrease in range of motion at your elbow and wrist
- Pain at the inner elbow when clenching a fist or squeezing a ball.
This condition normally develops slowly and may intensify when the muscles in these areas are overused during activities such as carrying luggage, performing a golf swing, or throwing a ball.
What Causes Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow usually results from repetitive elbow and wrist bending, trauma, or overusing the involved muscles. Other possible triggers include:
- Weak wrist and shoulder muscles
- Frequent use of hand tools continually
- Seizing a tennis racket or golf club and swinging forward and backward forcefully
- Gripping exercises
Inflammation and pain occur when the involved muscles repeatedly rub over or pull on your medial epicondyle. These activities tend to worsen this pain, especially if you recently resumed a sport like tennis or golf and started playing more than before. In such cases, your body is still alien to the physical stress on your medial epicondyle.
Available Treatments for Golfer’s Elbow
There is a wide variety of minimally invasive therapies to treat golfer’s elbow at Orthopaedic and Spine Clinics. Such treatments include:
- Tenjet Tenotomy
- Lipogems: Adipose/Fat therapy
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
These therapies work by reducing your inflammation and pain whereas supporting your immune ability’s natural healing abilities. Unlike steroid injections, these treatments address your pain’s underlying cause instead of only focusing on the associated inflammation. Since these treatments are less invasive than surgery, you can resume your golf game, work, or hobbies with minimal downtime.
Orthopaedic Clinics deliver various other treatments alongside golfer’s elbow care. They also offer:
- Hip pain
- Labrum tear
- Meniscus tear
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain
- Ankle pain
- Spinal cord stimulator
- Achilles tendon
- Knee pain
- Sports injury
- Weight loss
Do not let golfer’s elbow prevent you from enjoying your favorite sport. To witness recovery with reliable methods, schedule an appointment with Orthopedic Specialist today.
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