Golfer’s elbow is a condition in which the chief complaint of pain is located where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. Pain can also radiate into the forearm and wrist.
The Golfer’s elbow is much like tennis elbow. However, with tennis elbow the chief complaint of pain occurs on the outside of the elbow.
Golfer’s Elbow is not limited to only golfers. Many people can suffer from this condition. Tennis players and others who repeatedly use their wrists or grip/clench with their fingers often develop the condition
Golfer’s elbow is characterized by:
Pain/Tenderness. Typically felt along medial side of your elbow (closer to the body). Pain may radiate along the medial side of your forearm. Certain movements will usually aggravate the pain (make it worse.)
Stiffness. Limited Range of Motion at the elbow joint. It might even hurt to make a fist. Weakness. Weakness may occur in both the hand and wrist.
Numbness/Tingling which may travel into one or more fingers —typically the 4th/5th digit.
The pain of Golfer’s Elbow doesn’t have to keep you away from the golf course or limiting you from performing daily activities or activities you love.
The doctors at our facilities have an integrated approach to elbow joint pain. An individualized and specialized rehabilitation program derived by our Doctor of Physical Therapy, as well as, PRP injections, and a customized therapeutic approach based on examination and any medically necessary image findings are designed to heal this condition.
Tennis elbow is caused by small focal tears in the tendons that join the forearm to the lateral aspect (outer portion) elbow.
It is very common in tennis players thus it’s the condition is called “Tennis Elbow” but it is not limited to tennis players.
Any repetitive/overuse of the forearm coupled with certain wrist motions can cause tennis elbow.
Most commonly tennis elbow will present as a recurring pain on the outside of the upper forearm (near the elbow.) The pain may travel down the arm, to the wrist. Lifting or bending the arm can cause pain. It may also be painful to perform simple/basic actions, such as writing or when gripping or anything that requires the forearm to twist.
What To Expect At The Doctor’s Office:
After examination and any medically necessary imaging a diagnosis and an individualized care plan will be derived that can include: Functional Medicine/Physical Therapy, Support Devices,
Injections (for example corticosteroids, or PRP) to be used alone or in combination to treat the condition. Strapping and taping are often beneficial adjuncts to PT.
The doctors at our facility will derive the best plan of care depending upon the patients specific needs.