Did you know that pain on the inside of the elbow might be something called golfers elbow?
The strange part is it isn’t only golfers who are looking for treatment of the condition.
Affecting thousands of golfers every year, golfer’s elbow can be extremely frustrating and debilitating if left untreated.
The injury is not just limited to golf players though, many tennis players, baseball players, squash and badminton players also suffer from the problem.
To help you understand the injury better and how best to treat it, I have outlined all you need to know below about golfer’s elbow.
It is a common condition in which pain develops on the inside (medial aspect) of a person’s elbow. It is a tendinopathy of the origin of the flexor/pronator tendons at the elbow. If severe, the pain can sometimes extends down the forearm and into the person’s wrist.
The injury is very similar to that of tennis elbow whereas in that case the pain is felt on the outside (lateral aspect) of the elbow instead.The pain is caused by micro-tears to specific elbow tendons.
This occurs in either the tenoperiosteal junction (tendon to bone attachment) or the musculotendinous junction (muscle to tendon attachment). Painful inflammation of the affected tendons is the result and this can cause many golfers to stop altogether when not treated properly.
The ICD 10 code is M77.0 for medical insurance billing purposes.
The symptoms of golfer’s elbow are fairly specific. So you, or your chiropractor, should have no trouble in diagnosing the issue.
Common symptoms that sufferers describe can include:
Paul Bradshaw, ex-PGA pro and Editor-in-chief at Golf Assessor told me his mistake was he played through the pain for many months, thereby extending his recovery period.
When he had the condition, he could barely lift his golf bag with his right arm, even before he hit a ball. Certain movements would may bring on the pain suddenly such as lifting, twisting, hitting, shaking etc…
If you feel the pain start, you need to stop what you’re doing immediately!
As the name suggests, golf is certainly one of the major causes of golfer’s elbow due to the stress the elbow tendons are put under through each swing, particularly if a non-overlapping (baseball style) grip is used.
Poor technique is certainly one of the factors as a smooth, compact swing will always be less stressful upon your elbow.However, many people develop golfer’s elbow having never played the game.
The damage upon the tendons is generally related to excess or repeated stress. The inital cause of the damage is generally linked to excess, or repeated, stress through forceful wrist and finger motions.
This can be caused by repetitive motions such as:
Failing to warm up (and cool down) correctly can also have a major impact upon developing the condition. Weight training and climbing are two examples where warm-up technique is key.
The easiest way to test is through a simple physical examination.
Since the pain originates from the wrist flexor and pronator tendons then resisted wrist flexion, or pronation, muscle testing can reproduce the patients pain.
There is no specific named orthopaedic tests.
Palpation of anatomical landmarks can pin point the painful location over the:
The flexor-pronator mass is made up of these five muscles:
X-rays will not show the soft tissue damage, whereas an MRI can help for a chronic pain situation or for other differential diagnosis like an ulnar collateral ligament tear (a.k.a “Tommy John” ligament in baseball).
Other conditions to consider when someone has pain over the inside of the elbow include:
The pain of golfer’s elbow shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the golf course or any other activities you love.
The key though is catching it early and treating early!
A good rest period and appropriate treatment will see you back in the ‘swing’ of things in no time.
All you will need is a Flexbar from Theraband to do this golfer’s elbow exercise.
You may need hands on care to assist you if things are not coming right by yourself.
There is no getting around it, golfer’s elbow is a frustrating and painful injury that stops thousands of people from enjoying the activities they love.
With good rest from aggravating activities & proper physical therapy manual treatment though, the injury shouldn’t take you out of action for too long & help avoid any thoughts of needing elbow surgery.Further Reading
Do you have an elbow pain that you’ve been told is possibly tennis elbow?
Your confused though because you don’t play tennis yet your elbow is so sore when you try grip things. Maybe you do play tennis, or even golf, and it is stopping you from playing properly cos of the pain in your elbow.
I stumbled upon probably the easiest and most simple tennis elbow treatment to do. The best part is you can treat your elbow pain yourself at home. The exercise I’m going to let you know more about was published in a research paper in 2010, but you probably haven’t heard of it before.
Today you will learn first what is tennis elbow, the basic anatomy involved. I will let you know what is the typical conservative care and more advanced medical treatment for tennis elbow. Then find out how to do the Timothy Tyler eccentric contraction tennis elbow treatment exercise. Continue reading