Despite the name, Golfers Elbow does not just affect golfers and is most often associated with work-related activities. It is common in men and women, peaking in prevalence between the ages of 30 and 50. Also known as medical epicondyle tendinopathy, it is an injury to the muscles that flex your wrist and fingers and is usually associated with excess or repetitive stress. Poor conditioning, inadequate warm up, improper technique during lifting, hitting or throwing can contribute to Golfer’s Elbow.
Golfers Elbow is very easy to diagnose. It is characterised by pain over the inner elbow, which may radiate down the forearm. There is pain when the medial epicondyle (innermost part of the elbow) is touched. There is pain if the elbow is straight and the hand is moved forward and back at the wrist.
The pain is made worse by gripping activities and, in some cases, simple things like turning a door handle can cause intense pain. This elbow problem can then be very persistent and much more difficult to treat.
Golfer’s Elbow is characterised by pain and tenderness. However, your elbow may feel stiff and you may experience weakness in your wrist and hand with or without numbness or tingling that radiates intoone or more fingers.
Despite the pain felt with this pathology there is often on inflammation of the tissue and instead tends to be more one of degenerative changes in the junction between the muscle and tendons of the forearm.
A progressive strengthening programme using resistance bands has been shown to be the best long term approach to Golfer’s Elbow. Dry needling Acupuncture can also be very effective at releasing the surrounding muscles.
Correction of any muscular deficits in the neck, upper back and shoulder will also be made to ensure a stable platform for the elbow to work off.
Our Physiotherapists will carry out a detailed assessment of your problem, diagnose your condition and provide appropriate treatment, exercises and advice.
Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience for the treatment of Golfer’s Elbow.
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