Golfer’s Elbow – What You Need to Know

Golfer’s elbow is a medical condition that results in pain in the tendons of the forearm. In this condition, the tendons get attached to a bone-like bump in the internal side of the elbow, resulting in pain that spreads across your forearms to your wrist.

It usually occurs in professional athletes and people between the ages of 40 to 60.

The Signs and Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow

The landmark symptoms of the Golfer’s elbow are as below:

Pain and tenderness – It is palpated internally of the affected elbow, which may sometimes extend all the way to the internal region of the forearm. The pain might get more intense with certain movements.

Stiffness – The elbow might feel stiffer, and the fist may get hurt

Malaise – Hands, and wrists affected by the condition might feel weaker than the normal hands and wrists, unable to bear heavy weight or function normally

Tingling or numbness – These feelings might radiate to multiple fingers of the affected hand, typically the little finger and the ring finger.

The Causes of Golfer’s Elbow

Some of the common causes of Golfer’s elbow include the following:

Throwing sports with an inappropriate pitching technique

Improper technique in racket sports, such as seen in tennis or excessive topspin use

Lifting heavy weights through improper techniques might overload the tendons and the elbow muscles

Repetitive and forceful movements such as seen in fieldwork – plumbing, carpentry, etc.

The Treatment Options for Golfer’s Elbow

Medications normally include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen sodium. Corticosteroids are usually not given. Modern techniques involve Platelet-rich Plasma therapy.

Therapy includes resting the affected area and applying ice to reduce inflammation. Stretching and wearing a counterforce brace is also helpful to reduce tendon disturbance.

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