Although not as prevalent as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow affects thousands of people every year. Both conditions causes pain in the elbow area, with the only difference that golfer’s elbow affects the tendons on the inside rather than the outside of your elbow. The medical term for golfer’s elbow is medial epicondylitis and the condition is also sometimes referred to as throwers elbow. Physiotherapy is perhaps the best treatment for this condition. But before you seek any treatment, you should diagnose the real cause of your elbow pain. Here are some common causes and symptoms of golfer’s elbow.
Forceful gripping or repetitive twisting of the wrist can damage the tendons attaching the upper arm bone to the forearm muscles, and hence cause golfer’s elbow. Golf players often need to grip the golf stick tight and hit the golf ball forcefully with a twist of the wrist. However, not only golfers but tennis players and baseball players can also get a golfer’s elbow for forceful wrist and finger motions. You can also get this condition from throwing, weight training, hammering, painting and even cooking.
Pain on the bony bump inside of your elbow is the most common symptom. The pain worsens when you try to grip an object, flex your fingers or perform any twisting actions with the wrist. In some cases, the pain may radiate down into the forearm. You may also experience stiffness and numbness in the elbow area and weakness of the arm or hand. Depending on how you got the injury, the pain can appear suddenly, intermittently or gradually.
Most cases of golfer’s elbow will heal naturally with resting and other home treatments, such as, applying ice to the affected area and taking painkiller medicines. If the condition does not improve after a few days, consider visiting a physiotherapy clinic for proper treatment.