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Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

Discovering that persistent inner elbow pain is more than just a minor inconvenience? You might be experiencing golfer’s elbow, medically known as medial epicondylitis. But don’t let the name fool you—this condition isn’t exclusive to golfers. It can arise from a variety of activities, from swinging a tennis racquet to hammering nails or even spending hours typing away on your computer keyboard.

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What is Golfer's Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is a form of tendonitis characterized by pain and inflammation in the tendons connecting your forearm and elbow. These symptoms stem from the development of tiny tears in the tendons due to repetitive wrist and arm movements, leading to discomfort and limitations in mobility.

Without proper attention, a golfer’s elbow can progress, potentially resulting in permanent damage such as restricted elbow movement, chronic pain, and weakened grip strength. At Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic, we specialize in comprehensive pain management strategies tailored to alleviate your golfer’s elbow symptoms effectively.

Who’s at Risk and How It Impacts Your Body

Golfer’s elbow isn’t reserved for golf enthusiasts alone. In fact, less than 1% of the population experiences this condition, affecting both men and women primarily between the ages of 45-64. Surprisingly, approximately 90% of cases are not related to sports activities but rather stem from daily tasks or occupational strains.

Typically manifesting in the dominant arm, golfer’s elbow starts with tenderness in the inner elbow region and may radiate along the arm. Symptoms include aching pain, difficulty making a fist, decreased grip strength, tingling, and numbness.

While golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow share similarities, they differ in the location of pain. Golfer’s elbow affects the inner elbow, whereas tennis elbow causes discomfort on the outside. Despite the variance, both conditions arise from repetitive wrist and arm motions.

Diagnosing golfer’s elbow involves a thorough assessment of your symptoms and may include imaging tests like MRI, ultrasound, or CT scans. 

We offer a range of treatments aimed at relieving pain and promoting healing. Initially, resting the affected arm is crucial, accompanied by icing and anti-inflammatory medications to manage discomfort. Additionally, wearing braces and undergoing physical therapy can aid in recovery. For persistent cases, advanced pain management procedures may be recommended.

Preventing a golfer’s elbow involves understanding risk factors and adopting ergonomic practices. Whether you’re an athlete or office worker, adjusting equipment and incorporating regular breaks can mitigate strain on your tendons.

Most individuals recover from golfer’s elbow with conservative measures within six weeks. However, seeking timely medical attention is vital to avoid long-term complications.

Partner with Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic

Don’t let golfer’s elbow hinder your daily activities or dampen your performance on the field. At Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic, we prioritize your well-being, offering comprehensive treatment options and personalized care plans to alleviate discomfort and restore function. With both in-person and virtual appointments available, our experienced team ensures accessible and effective pain management solutions. Plus, we accept major health insurance plans, making quality care more accessible to all.

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Take the First Step Toward Relief

Don’t let chronic elbow pain control your life any longer. Take the first step toward relief by scheduling a consultation at 469-444-7246 today. Our dedicated team of pain management specialists is here to listen, evaluate your condition, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.