Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
What is “Golfer’s Elbow” ?
Not to be confused with tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow is caused by damaged muscle tissue at the medial epicondyle, (inner part of the elbow), whereas tennis elbow is as a result of damage to the
lateral epicondyle (outer part of the elbow). It occurs when more force is applied to this area than the normal healthy tissues can handle. Although this is most commonly found within the golfing community, it can also appear as a result of any activities requiring the lifting, throwing, or a hitting motion. This includes racket sports, such as tennis, throwing sports, weight training, or any forceful, repetitive occupational movements.
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow include pain and tenderness, usually felt on the inner side of the elbow, stiffness, weakness, and numbing or tingling that radiates into the fingers. This pain can come on suddenly or gradually, and can worsen with certain movements such as swinging a golf club.
Strengthening your forearm muscles
· Use light weights
· Squeeze a tennis ball
Fix your form
Using proper equipment
· Ex. Ensuring your racket has proper grip, or a lighter head
Rest at first sign of elbow pain
Perform stretches before your activity such as the following:
If you have any pain during exercises, or are unsure about what you are doing, please consult your local physiotherapist before continuing.
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