What is golfer’s elbow?
- Golfer’s elbow, also known as “medial epicondylitis,” is a condition consisting of pain in the forearm from the inside (medial aspect) of the elbow to the wrist. The pain is due to damaged tendons within the forearm becoming enflamed, often resulting in difficulty bending the wrist toward the palm.
What causes golfer’s elbow?
- Golfer’s elbow is caused by excessive or repetitive force used to bend the wrist toward the palm. Several specific movements which may cause golfer’s elbow are:
- Swinging a golf club
- Serving a tennis ball
- Throwing a baseball or javelin
- Carrying a heavy suitcase
- Chopping wood with an ax
- Operating a chainsaw
- Frequent use of hand tools
- Weight training
- Forceful, repetitive occupational movements (construction, plumbing, carpentry)
What are the symptoms of golfer’s elbow?
- Most patients who present to Remedy Pain Solutions with golfer’s elbow will exhibit pain along the palm side of the forearm from the elbow to the wrist, on the pinky side of the wrist and arm. On physical examination, the pain can be reproduced by bending the wrist toward the palm against resistance. Patients often notice worsened pain when squeezing their hand into a fist or squeezing a rubber ball, and may experience weakness in the hands or wrists.
How is golfer’s elbow diagnosed?
- Golfer’s elbow can often be diagnosed based on physical examination alone. In some scenarios the pain may be similar to that of other medical problems and warrant further evaluation including imaging studies such as an MRI. It is important to see a trained professional for evaluation so the correct diagnosis is made, and treatment can begin as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, simply contact Remedy Pain Solutions and request an appointment for evaluation of your arm pain.
How is golfer’s elbow treated?
- Initial treatment for golfer’s elbow includes avoiding the activity that is thought to be the source of inflammation. Beyond avoidance of aggravating activities, several other treatments may be indicated, including:
- Ice the area to reduce inflammation
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Strengthening exercises
- Bracing the affected area
- Corticosteroid injections
- Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injections
- Alpha-2-Macroglobulin injections
- For patients who continue to have pain following a trial of at-home treatments such as ice and anti-inflammatory medications, it is recommended to seek an evaluation by a doctor. Our providers at Remedy Pain Solutions are trained in administering various injections to treat golfer’s elbow, and many other inflammatory injuries you might have. If you are suffering with elbow or arm pain that is limiting your ability to play sports or perform your work, schedule an appointment at Remedy Pain Solutions today.