Golfer’s Elbow, otherwise known as medial epicondylitis, is a common condition causing pain at the elbow. It is typically an overuse injury to the common flexor tendon and causes pain and tenderness on the bony prominence at the inside of your elbow. Most of the powerful muscles involved in gripping or bending your wrist forward share this tendon.
Do I Have Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfers elbow usually comes on after you’ve done something out of the ordinary though can also come on with no rhyme or reason. You are likely tender to touch on the inside of your elbow and it is painful to grip or lift. You can be stiff first thing in the morning and after doing a lot with your arm. There are some other conditions that can present in this part of the elbow so it is worth getting an accurate diagnosis from a doctor or physio.
The aim of treatment usually is to try and settle your pain down initially and then strengthen the tendon so that it can accommodate with the strain put through it. Tendons take a long time to heal, so it does take time and persistence to get better but you just have to stick at it! It’s also important to manage the load put through the tendon so your physio may have a look at how you lift, type or your technique in certain sports also. If physio is unsuccessful, there are other options like injections or surgery, though the evidence says that you should only really try these when you have expended all options with physio!