Golfer’s Elbow, It’s not just for golfers

Golfer’s elbow, like tennis elbow, is a common problem seen not only in golfers, but tennis players, throwers and even carpenters. Golfer’s Elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is defined as an inflammatory process involving the the muscles/tendons in the inside of the forearm that flex or bend the elbow and wrist. This condition is characterized by pain in the area of the inside of the elbow and forearm. These symptoms are usually made worse with gripping activities, and impact activities like hitting golf balls or tennis balls.

There can be many causes for golfer’s elbow.  Most commonly I’ve seen it as the result of an overuse type injury.

The good news is that with proper diagnosis and a good treatment plan these conditions usually resolve. But don’t wait to see if your symptoms will go away on their own, take action.

My recommendations for when you think you have golfer’s elbow are to:

1) See your physician for proper diagnosis.  He/she will be able to diagnose your problem and present options for recovery.

2) See your physical therapist for evaluation and treatment. Physical therapists can uncover the contributing factors leading to the problem and develop a comprehensive program to promote healing and return to the game.

One of the most beneficial treatment approaches for golfer’s elbow that we have used in our clinic is ASTYM.  ASTYM is a system of treatment that stimulates soft tissue healing through coordinated deep soft tissue mobilization and reconditioning. This system has proven to provide an ideal environment for healing. For best PT results find a therapist that uses ASTYM.

Additional keys to treating golfer’s elbow:

  • Early intervention. Seek out the advice of a medical professional as soon as symptoms are recognized. Do not assume the problem will just go away.
  • Make sure you clearly understand the injury and why it is happening.
  • Consult medical professionals you trust and who can provide you with a clear plan for recovery.  Your treatment should involve a strategy to decrease pain and promote healing while addressing the causes and promoting reconditioning of the damaged tissue. You need a plan that will get you back in the game.
  • Work with your tennis or golf professional for technique management and proper equipment fitting. Faulty mechanics and inappropriate equipment can definitely contribute to the problem.

For more information on golfer’s elbow and appropriate treatment options please feel free to respond to this blog, email or call us at 504 841 0150.