Golfers Elbow

by Sam Malone


Golfer's elbow is a common complaint of those who frequent the fairways. In medical parlance, golfer's elbow's known as medial epicondylitis. Swinging the iron repeatedly can cause the onset of tendonitis, a tear along the tendons leading to inflammation. Pain can spread to the forearm and wrist. With golf, the more you swing for a tee or miss a putt, the elbow will know no difference. But the pain can make you stop playing golf. Even tennis players can manifest signs and symptoms due to injury incurred to their wrist leading to the development of the disease.

Experiencing pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow as well as a stiff elbow are common with golfer's elbow. Medical attention must be given in signs of weakness of both hands and wrists. Associated with golfer's elbow is elbow tendonitis preventing one from swinging a golf club to even simply turning the knob without screaming in pain. Inflammation of the tendons prohibits such movements of the hand and arm. Tendonitis on the other hand is damaged and inflamed tendon controlling the wrist and finger movements. Injury is related to repetitive movement injury.

Golfer's elbow syndrome begins after forceful movement of elbow or wrist causing tendons and muscles to extend beyond their normal function leading to a tear along the tissue. But the condition's not limited to golfers only. It is also an injury affecting people who repeatedly use forceful motion with their elbows-chopping wood, typing, playing ball, and painting. If left untreated, the pain will become persistent and frequent.

Immediate medical attention is needed when pain manifests with signs of fever. There must be a broken bone due to deformity of the elbow. Physicians will apply pressure, ask you to move your elbow and wrist to evaluate the degree of pain and stiffness. X-ray will also help eliminate possibilities of a dislocated elbow.

Proper rest, ice packs and antibiotics are necessary for faster recuperation although home treatments of protein diets to restore the health of the tendons and other collateral tissues of the elbow are also needed. Vitamin B12 also boosts the recovery of the tendons. Other home applications include gentle massages on areas near the injury.

For observation of recovery, wrist exercises and proper ways of lifting things are practiced because possible recurrence of the disease may be due to improper handling of the golf club at the fairways.


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