Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer elbow is a similar injury to tennis elbow only it affects the inside of the elbow instead. The flexor muscles of the forearm, the muscles responsible for bending the fingers and thumb, clenching the fist and supinating the hand excluding biceps brachialis, come together in a common tendon which is inserted in to the medial epicondyle of the humerus at the elbow joint. In response to minor injury, or sometimes for no obvious reason at all, the point of insertion becomes inflamed.

Causes

The condition is called Golfer’s elbow because in making a golf swing this tendon is stressed; many people, however, who develop the condition have never handled a golf club.

It is also sometimes called Pitcher’s elbow[1] due to the same tendon being stressed by the throwing of objects such as a baseball, but this usage is much less frequent

Also known as flexor / pronator tendinopathy this elbow pain is seen in tennis players who use a lot of top spin on their forehand shots.

Symptoms of golfer elbow include:

  • Pain on the bony bit on the inside of the elbow.
  • Weakness in the wrist.
  • Pain on the inside of the elbow when you grip something hard.
  • Pain when wrist flexion (bending the wrist palm downwards) is resisted.
  • Pain on resisted wrist pronation – rotating inwards (thumb downwards).

What can the athlete do about golfer elbow?

  • Ice the injury for two days (20 min’s on up to six times a day)
  • Rest.
  • After 2 days apply heat and use a heat retainer.
  • A number of braces and supports are also available to help reduce the load on the elbow enabling it to heal.

Visit Physioline for treatment and rehabilitation

Physioline Management

We fully rehabilitate and strengthen the elbow and follow guidelines that will help you avoid the injury in the future .treatment broadly comprises of:- 

  • Electrotherapy
  • Sports massage therapy
  • Strengthening
  • Sports specific training
  • Recommend a forearm brace or heat retainer if you have a weak wrist or elbow.