We've all heard of tennis elbow, but golfer's elbow? Really? Yes, it's a thing. We call it medial epicondylitis. You may call it painful.
In fact, most people who develop this condition do. Golfer's elbow involves the tendons that connect the forearm to the inside of the elbow. When these tendons become inflamed, the bump at the inside of the elbow may feel quite painful. This pain can then radiate through the forearm into the wrist.
The reason for painful inflammation is overuse of the forearm muscles. These muscles are at work whenever you grip a club, flex your wrist, or rotate your arm. Clearly, these are all motions you do time and time again on the course. The repetitive nature of these movements could lead to a pulled tendon, or worse, a tear.
It is possible to reduce your risk of golfer's elbow by carefully using your elbow, wrist, and hand. If you feel any ounce of pain during a round of golf, your best course of action is to stop. This can be a challenge, we know, but it can keep you from an extended vacation from your beloved game.
Another important aspect of prevention is using the right equipment for your body. If the grip of your club is too large, your forearm muscles will work harder. Also, choose equipment that supports proper stance and posture when you swing your club.
Treating Golfer's Elbow
Prompt treatment is the best scenario to prevent golfer's elbow from worsening. Ice packs can be applied at home for no more than 20 minutes at a time. This may be done up to four times a day to aid in pain-relief and inflammation.
Rest is the next step in healing golfer's elbow. Any movement that aggravates the injury could be doing more damage, so stop any motion that does not feel good. Sometimes, a strap or splint may be necessary to prevent certain movements.
As you rest up for your return to the green, you may take over-the-counter medication to decrease inflammation. Depending on the severity of your injury, your doctor may suggest cortisone injections for longer-lasting anti-inflammatory action.
Is elbow pain keeping you from your favorite sport? Call (973) 942-1315 to consult with your orthopedic specialist in New Jersey.