Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is inflammation of the tendons that attach to the inner portion of the elbow. They are connected to the muscles in the forearm that rotates the forearm and flexes the wrist and fingers. The gripping and swinging motion of a golf club puts stress on this particular area, giving it the name golfer’s elbow. However, this condition can be caused by everyday repetitive strenuous activities, such as lifting, and in occupations that involve the use of tools, as in carpentry, gardening, and construction work.
- Inner elbow pain with gripping and lifting
- Pain when extending the wrist or rotating the forearm
- Tenderness in forearm muscles
- Repetitive strenuous activities
- Occupations that involve constant lifting or use of tools (carpentry, construction)
TREATMENT WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
Ice and ultrasound will reduce inflammation associated with tendonitis. Manual stretching and massage will help increase flexibility in the forearm muscles. Once your pain level improves, you will be given strengthening exercises for the muscles in the hand and forearm. This will be progressed over the course of 4-6 weeks of physical therapy. With proper guidance from your physical therapist, you will be able to gradually return to your activities without pain.