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Apr 21, 2015

Golfers Elbow

Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis is a common cause of elbow pain. It is an overuse injury seen commonly in Golfers but also suffered by tennis players who hit a lot of top spin on their forehand shot. 

The muscles that work to produce wrist and finger flexion all attach at a common origin into the medial epicondyle (bony prominence) on the inside of the elbow. During certain activities (such as gripping) repetitive tension is placed through this group of muscles. If this constant strain is excessive the tendons can become overloaded, inflamed and painful. In the older sportsperson the tendons can also begin to show signs of degenerative wear and tear.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Tenderness over the medial (inside) of the elbow which can radiate into the forearm.
  • Pain on resisted wrist flexion and forearm pronation (rotation of the forearm)
  • Pain on passive wrist extension as this places stretch through the tight group of muscles
  • Pain may be aggravated by gripping activities. 

DIAGNOSIS: A physiotherapist should be able to make an accurate diagnosis from your clinical history and examination.

In cases where your condition does not respond to appropriate treatment further investigation such as an ultrasound may be warranted.

READ FULL FACT SHEET HEREGolfers Elbow.pdf

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