What is Golfers Elbow or Medial Epicondylopathy
Medial elbow pain is commonly known as Golfers elbow or Medial Epicondylopathy, and is an injury to the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers. The site of injury is typically the medial epicondyle, a bony bump that is located on the inside of the elbow where these are muscles attached.
Who Suffers Golfers Elbow?
Golfers Elbow is usually caused by overuse or repetitive movements of the forearm muscles, but may also be caused by direct trauma such as with a fall, car accident, or work injury.
Golfers Elbow is commonly seen in golf players, hence the name, especially when poor technique is used with Gripping or swinging clubs incorrectly or too forcefully can take a toll on your muscles and tendons. However most people that present with Golfers Elbow don’t actually play golf. Typically the golfer’s elbow sufferer will experience pain when performing gripping tasks or resisted wrist/finger flexion. Pain is also usually present when the muscles are stretched. There will be tenderness directly over the bony bump on the inside of your elbow.
Pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow. Sometimes the pain extends along the inner side of your forearm. Pain typically worsens with certain movements.
- Your elbow may feel stiff, and it may hurt to make a fist.
- You may have weakness in your hands and wrists.
- Numbness or tingling. These sensations might radiate into one or more fingers — usually the ring and little fingers.
- The pain of golfer’s elbow can come on suddenly or gradually.
Common causes of medial elbow pain may include any activity that requires repetitive motion of the forearm such as:
- Swing a golf club or racket
- Squeeze or pitch a ball
- Shake hands
- Turn a doorknob
- Lift weights
- Pick up something with your palm down
If left untreated, golfer’s elbow can cause:
- Chronic elbow pain
- Limited range of motion
- A lasting, fixed bend (contracture) in your elbow
How can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic treatment can assist in addressing some key dysfunctional issue such as:
- Reducing you pain
- Enhance tissue repair by promoting circulation and healing to the area.
- Increasing your normal joint range of motion and function.
- Restoration of normal muscle length, strength and movement patterns.
Our Chiropractors provide gentle, non invasive treatment which addresses the underlying causes of your medial elbow pain from reoccurring. Chiropractic treatment can include gentle mobilisation of the elbow and wrist joints, soft tissue release, manipulation, dry needling muscle stretches and strengthening, ice or heat treatment, mobilisations and take home activities and exercises.
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