What is golfers elbow
Golfers elbow is a condition that causes pain around the inside of the elbow. It is very similar to tennis elbow.
It’s clinically known as medial epicondylitis. It often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and near the elbow joint.
What causes golfers elbow
As the name suggests it is caused by over use of the elbow joint playing golf, particularly if you tend to take divots out of the ground. There is also elbow pain if the elbow is straight and you move your hand forward and back at the wrist.
This elbow condition tends to be caused by prolonged gripping activities and, despite the name, this common cause of elbow pain doesn’t just affect golfers. Racket sports in general, such as tennis (tennis elbow), squash and badminton can also cause the symptoms as can throwing activities from javelin and discus to cricket. Essentially activity involving repetitive use of the elbow can lead to soreness and pain.
How to treat golfers elbow
Golfers Elbow treatment is usually requires a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This is usually coupled with a period of rest from activities that may aggravate the injury as well as soft tissue release. Ice Therapy is excellent for relieving pain. Once initial elbow pain has settled, strengthening exercises can completely clear up the problem. A Compression Strap (kinesiology taping) can be effective at reducing the stress on the painful area. These treatments include: