Golfer’s elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) is caused by damage to tendons and muscles that control your fingers and wrist. Repetitive stress and forceful wrist and finger motions are typically the cause of the damage. Other factors can also contribute to golfer’s elbow including improper warm up, lifting, throwing, hitting or conditioning.
Medial Epicondylitis is also called golfer’s elbow for the fact that a golfer can experience pain on the inner side of the elbow from gripping or swinging incorrectly which can take a toll on muscles and tendons. Other sportsman can experience similar pain caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and fingers such as athletes participating in Racket sports, throwing sports and heavy weight training.
Carpenters, lumberjacks and other tradesmen can experience similar symptoms from repetitive motion. Painting, hammering, chopping and raking can also cause strain on muscles and tendons that can lead to pain and discomfort of the inner elbow.
Tennis elbow is a term used for a condition caused by the overuse of the arm, forearm and hand muscles most commonly in the dominant arm. This overuse generally results in pain in the outside elbow area. A person does not have to play tennis to experience this problem, however it is referred to as tennis elbow for the fact that many tennis players significantly complain of this condition. Your doctor may also refer to this condition as Lateral Epicondylitis. Tennis elbow may be caused by either a subtle or sudden injury of the muscles and tendons of the forearm at the point where they attach to the bony area of the elbow.
Treatment of golfer’s and tennis elbow
Whether you are experiencing symptoms similar to golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, gentle and effective treatment is available. You can reduce pain and promote healing with effective stretching and strengthening exercises along with the prescription of appropriate bands and braces.
Call our office today at (215) 283-2844 to discuss treatment of golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow at our Ambler Pennsylvania office.