Golfer's Elbow Treatment in Knoxville

elderly man in golf stance about to swing

 

Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is an inflammation of the wrist flexor tendons on the inside of the elbow. It is similar to tennis elbow but less common. This is a condition that causes pain and inflammation to the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony knob on the inside of the elbow. Surrounding muscles also become affected. Learn more below on how a golfer's elbow treatment can be provided by a Knoxville Spine and Sports!

Developing Golfer's Elbow golfer hitting a ball on the sandy side of the golf course

It is generally caused by increased or repetitive stress with wrist flexion activities when the muscles and tendons are overused such as the golf swing, throwing sports, weight lifting, and forceful, repetitive occupations such as an electrician or construction work. This condition is not limited to golfers. Tennis players or those repeatedly using their wrists and forearm muscles can suffer from this as well.

People that perform the same activity on multiple days for more than 1-2 hours are at higher risk for developing this condition.  This condition is much easier to treat in the early stages so if you have the following symptoms it is better to seek medical attention soon after symptoms appear if a home program doesn’t seem to be alleviating the symptoms. 

Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow

young man looking at a hole while a golf ball near itPain or tenderness usually occurs on the inside of the elbow joint with pressure to the muscles. Occasionally, there is weakness, stiffness in the elbow and difficulty making a fist, or pain that is felt in the hand or wrist. Gripping or squeezing motions, such as turning a doorknob, swinging a golf club or tennis racket, or flexing the wrist repeatedly, may become difficult, as weakness of the forearm muscles may increase. Tingling and/or numbness can also be felt in the fingers.

Causes of Golfer's Elbow

Golfer’s elbow, also called pitcher’s elbow, is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that attach to the inside of the elbow. These muscles and tendons control movement of the wrists and fingers and damage can lead to pain, restricted movement, and inflammation. The damage is typically related to extreme force or repeated stress, as in forceful wrist and finger motions. It typically affects the right arm in right-handers and the left arm in left-handers. physical therapist correcting stance of a golfer patient

Gripping or swinging clubs incorrectly or too forcefully, using a racket that is too heavy or too small, poor warm-up or conditioning before a sport, improper lifting or throwing, or improper technique when weight-lifting can also contribute to golfer’s elbow.

Additionally, this may occur with any activity that requires continual bending and straightening of the elbow, such as painting, raking, hammering, chopping wood, using a computer, assembly-line work, and cooking. The activity generally needs to be done for more than an hour a day for several days to cause injury.

Golfer’s Elbow Prevention: 

The following tips can help prevent you from developing Golfer's Elbow: golfer patient getting treatment from golfer's elbow

  • Strengthen your forearm muscles
  • Daily stretching routine and warming up with stretches before any repetitive activity
  • Good mechanics in order to lift properly
  • Know when to rest
  • Ice massage to medial forearm musculature
  • A counterforce brace may be useful to help you continue to perform your activity that is causing these symptoms while you are receiving treatment

If a home treatment program does not resolve your symptoms you should seek out your physical therapist or chiropractor for an evaluation to determine the best plan of care.

Rehab Tips

Rest is the initial and most important step in the healing of the golfer’s elbow. Muscles and tendons that are overused simply need time to relax and rest. Frequent use of ice (3-4 times per day) reduces any inflammation that occurs. If pain or discomfort does not decrease within 3-4 weeks, therapy is advised to learn proper stretching and strengthening exercises to speed up the healing process.

Contact Your Knoxville Chiropractor

Golfer's Elbow treatment will include some of the following include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, dry needles, laser, Kinesio taping, and a stretching and strengthening program.  All of these treatment options can be performed at Knoxville Spine and Sport so call us today to set up your initial evaluation and to determine the best course of treatment to prevent this from becoming a chronic condition.

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    8029 Ray Mears Blvd, Suite 300
    Knoxville, TN
    37919
    Phone: (865) 229-8796

    office hours

    Monday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Tuesday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
    Wednesday
    7am-1pm
    Thursday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Friday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
    Saturday & Sunday
    Closed

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