Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Golfer’s elbow is an irritation of the forearm flexor tendons that attach to the inside of the elbow. This is the tendon of the muscles that are responsible for bending the wrist forward. The term Golfer’s elbow is used because this condition commonly affects golfers. It generally occurs in the trailing arm of the golf swing. With golfer’s, the incidence increases with age and the number of rounds played, with more than two to three rounds per week as a threshold for increased incidence. This condition is most frequently associated with overuse and excessive grip tension. Proper grip tension optimizes the function of the forearm muscles, allowing smooth, rapid movement of the forearms and reduced stress on the forearm tendon insertions at the elbow. Golfer’s elbow is a repetitive strain injury with scar tissue formation that can become chronic if left untreated. The pain is aggravated by activities such as golfing, cooking, gardening, typing, throwing activities, swimming and lifting weights. A Functional Rehabilitation program comprised of stretching and strengthening exercises are incorporated into the treatment plan once the scar tissue has been “broken up” by Targeted Soft Tissue Therapy to reduce the possibility of re-injury. Acupuncture may also be used to treat both the pain and dysfunction of this condition

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