Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)

What is medial epicondylitis?

Medial Epicondylitis also know as Golfer’s elbow is the inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the muscles of the forearm to the elbow. The pain is felt at the medial epicondyle (the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow).

Causes of medial epicondylitis

It is caused by repetitive motions, overuse of the arm, and stress on the fore arms which leads to small tears at the flexor tendons triggering pain, weakness, stiffness.

Risk Factors:

This condition is common among athletes such as golfers and people who play racquet sports. It also is common in persons involved in professions requiring repetitive motions such as carpenters, painters, and computer users.

Symptoms of medial epicondylitis

  • There is pain, tenderness, and stiffness at the medial epicondyle that can radiate to the fore arm and wrist.
  • Numbness and tingling in the fingers
  • Weakness of the hand and wrists
  • Difficulty moving the left elbow

Treatment Options

  • Rest and avoid activities that require repetitive movement until the pain disappears.
  • Acupuncture therapy, massage therapy and use of an electronic pulse massager can relieve the pain and improve circulation.
  • Ice and a cold compress can help to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy/Occupational therapy: stretching helps stretch and strengthen the tendons.
  • OTC pain killers and anti- inflammatories can help reduce the pain and inflammation. Topical ointments such as the lidopro ointment to reduced localized pain and inflammation.
  • Steroid injections and PRP injections helps to reduce swelling, inflammation, and can initiate or expedite the healing process.
  • Wrist splint/Brace: can provide additional support and pain relief to reduce muscle strain.
  • Laser therapy that we offer in clinic.