Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
What is Golfer’s Elbow, how can it occur, and what are the symptoms?
Golfer’s Elbow is an overuse injury that causes pain over the medial epicondyle (inside) of the elbow. The mechanism is similar to that of Tennis Elbow but deals with the flexor/pronator grouping that control wrist/finger flexion and forearm pronation (facing your palm down). Though this injury is termed Golfer’s Elbow, it is also common to see in sports containing a racquet or have a throwing component such as tennis or baseball.
It is common to experience pain and tenderness on the inside of your elbow as well as some muscle weakness. You may also have trouble gripping your club or racket, turning door knobs, or shaking hands.
A quick way to see if you may have this condition is to:
- Put your hand on a table with your palm up and elbow fully extended
- Put your wrist into a flexed position
- Have someone push against your hand
- If your pain is reproduced at your inside elbow, then you may have medial epicondylitis
Other posts will describe appropriate warm up routines and forearm strengthening programs to reduce your chances of obtaining this condition as well as ways to rehab you back to activity!
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