Golfer’s elbow is a condition when there is feeling of pain on the inside bony bump of the elbow where tendons attach. Pain may travel down to the forearm and wrist. Golfer’s elbow is not limited to golfers and in fact any athlete that repeatedly uses the elbow joint has a risk of this condition.
Causes of Golfer’s Elbow
Activities from racket sports to painting require excess bending and straightening of the elbow and can cause golfer’s elbow. Golfer’s elbow is a chronic condition.
- Golf: when gripping or swinging clubs incorrectly can put strains on your muscles and tendons
- Improper techniques when using the elbow joint
- Excess or repeated stress
- Chronic use in sports such as football, baseball, tennis, lifting weights
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
- Tenderness and pain on the inner part of your elbow. Pain can extend down towards the forearm
- Pain is sudden or gradual and might worsen when using the elbow
Risk Factors for Golfer’s Elbow
- Repetitive motion in the elbow joint at least two hours a day
- A smoker
- Age 40 or older
Complications of Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s elbow can cause chronic elbow pain, limited range of motion and a lasting bend in you elbow if left untreated.
Prevention for Golfer’s Elbow
- Avoid overuse of your elbow/ know when to rest
- Warm up the muscles before any activity
- Use proper techniques during activities
- Correct your form during performance
- Strengthen forearm muscles without bending the elbow; squeezing a ball or using light weights
Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow
Resting will help the pain decrease, but if you return to the activity to soon it may make it worse.
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
- Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
With golfer’s elbow it does not happen over a couple of days, it is chronic repetition of the elbow joint with improper technique. Knowing your body and strengths will help with preventing any further injuries. The condition, if not treated, can have lasting pain. Give us a call today to start you journey to a pain free lifestyle.