Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Golfer’s elbow occurs when the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow become irritated and inflamed. Repetitive motions, like gripping and swinging a golf club, can stress the muscles and tendons eventually causing painful irritation. Traditionally, rest is a prescribed solution to this problem. Airrosti, however, helps patients return to pain-free activity quickly, without the use of pain medications. Learn how Airrosti’s approach eliminates pain directly at the source in an average of just three visits.

Medial Epicondylitis

Golfer’s elbow is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. The pain centers on the bony bump on the inside of your elbow and may radiate into the forearm. It’s very similar to tennis elbow, which occurs on the outside of the elbow. Both are forms of elbow tendonitis, although Golfer’s elbow is less common.

Despite the name, this condition does not just affect golfers. It’s usually caused by overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Any repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can cause pulls or tiny tears in the tendons. Those most at risk are individuals who regularly participate in sports, such as tennis, bowling, and baseball. People may also get it from using tools like screwdrivers and hammers, raking, or even painting.

Golfer’s elbow is characterized by pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow. The pain may extend along the inner side of your forearm and typically worsens with certain movements. Your elbow may feel stiff, and it may hurt to make a fist. Additionally, you may experience weakness in your hands and wrists, and numbness or a tingling sensation radiating into one or more fingers.

Traditional Treatment Options

As with tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow is usually treated with a combination of icing and rest. A steroid injection to reduce pain and swelling may be recommended if more conservative treatment is not effective. A tennis elbow brace may be prescribed to help take the strain off the tendon. Physical therapy may be needed to fully restore strength and range of motion to the injured elbow.

Golfer’s elbow treatment is most often successful. However, the most important element in traditional care is tendon rest. Depending on how severe your condition is, you may need to rest your tendon for weeks to months. Continuing to use the wrist without proper medical care may result in the injury becoming chronic, which is much more difficult to treat.

Many individuals suffering with Golfer’s elbow seek Airrosti care as an alternative to long periods of rest and inactivity. Airrosti can help dramatically speed recovery and provide immediate pain relief, without drugs or injections. Most patients are able to return to normal activity within only 1-3 visits, based on patient-reported outcomes.

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