Tis The Season for Golfer’s Elbow

If you’re curious about the condition Golfer’s Elbow, it’s the polar opposite of Tennis Elbow. Whereas Tennis Elbow is a condition of the outside of the elbow, Golfer’s Elbow attacks the inside of the elbow. The $20 term is flexor / pronator tendinopathy is also seen in tennis players (yes, tennis players can actually get Golfer’s Elbow) that use a lot of top spin and power their forehand shots.

Symptoms of golfer elbow include:
* Pain on the bony bit on the inside of the elbow.
* Weakness in the wrist.
* Pain on the inside of the elbow when you grip something hard.
* Pain when wrist flexion (bending the wrist palm downwards) is resisted.
* Pain on resisted wrist pronation – rotating inwards (thumb downwards).

Common Treatments for Golfer’s Elbow

* Ice the injury for two days (20 min’s on up to six times a day)
* Rest the affected area.
* After 2 days apply heat and use a wrap to hold it in place.
* Use a brace or support to reduce the load on the elbow enabling it to heal.

If You Choose to See a Sports Injury Specialist

* Apply ultrasound or laser treatment.
* Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication.
* Use sports massage techniques.
* Give a steroid injection.

Rest of the elbow is paramount to healing this injury completely. Under proper rest, cold and heat treatments, you can be back in the swing as quickly as two weeks when your Golfer’s Elbow is minor.