If you are suffering from Golfer’s Elbow, you might want to consider contacting a qualified physiotherapist. We can give you physiotherapy exercises for golfers elbow that will help to speed up recovery and manage discomfort. We’ve done this for other clients with great results.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is an injury that affects the muscles that help to flex your wrist and fingers. In many cases, the site of the injury is the medial epicondyle, which is the bony bump we have on the inside of the elbow. This is the location where these muscles attach.
What are Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms?
The most common symptom of Golfer’s Elbow is a pain when performing gripping tasks, or what we call resisted wrist/finger flexion. It’s also possible to experience pain when the muscles are stretched.
Expect tenderness directly on and around the bony epicondyle and also expect trigger points in the wrist flexor muscles.
Secondary symptoms include neck stiffness and tenderness, as well as signs of median nerve irritation.You’ll find that most elbow movements are not painful. Just gripping movements.
What Causes Golfer’s Elbow?
You might be confused that you have Golfer’s Elbow, but you don’t play golf. Similar to Tennis Elbow. Golfer’s Elbow is caused by muscle damage to the muscle tissue at the point where the muscle joins the bone around the elbow. This can happen when either more force has been used than the tissue can handle, orif repetitive, intense movements have occurred.
If you are unlucky enough to be suffering from Chronic Golfer’s Elbow, a likely cause is that the soft tissue around the medial epicondyle is in poor health, which makes it prone to damage. Once injured, inflammation can occur, which means swelling and likely elbow pain.
Chronic Golfer’s Elbow is more likely to have been caused by overuse. It won’t have been caused by inflammation but rather the inflammation is a side effect of the injury.
How is Golfer’s Elbow usually diagnosed?
Often you’ll be diagnosed by a doctor or physiotherapist. In many cases, the doctor will ask you to consult a physio, a specialist, to make the diagnosis. After listening to your description of the injury, we would most likely conduct a test using an ultrasound scan or MRI that would help us to identify any tendon tears or inflammation.
Diagnosis can be straight forward, but it needs to done by professionals. There is another issue which can sometimes look as though it’s Golfer’s Elbow when it’s related to the spine. The c67 neck joint will submit pain signals along the median nerve. When the median nerve has reduced neural mobility, it could display symptoms that are similar to Golfer’s Elbow, that’s why it’s essential to have a professional help make the diagnosis.
It is vital that, when experiencing these types of symptoms, you have your neck and upper limb neurodynamics assessed by an experienced physiotherapist. They will help to diagnose the injury but equally as important; they will be able to exclude any neck dysfunction or neural tension.
If you think you might be suffering from Golfer’s Elbow, please get in touch. We will be able to get you fully diagnosed and help you rule out any neck and nerve related complications, while also giving you the necessary rehabilitation.