Often, the symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow will develop gradually and worsen over time. There usually is not a single, inciting incident. Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow may be any one or all of the following:
● Elbow pain located on the inside part of the elbow
● Pain that worsens with bending the elbow involved in activities such as shaking hands, or lifting a baby
● Weakness noticed with any of the above activities
● Stiffness in the elbow and an associated loss of range of motion
● A ‘pins and needles’ sensation that can extend down the arm into the handIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The treatment for Golfer’s Elbow is often successfully treated non-surgically. The treatment involves:
● Discontinuation of the aggravating activity, allowing the tendons to rest
● NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
● A brace may be recommended by your doctor to wear on your forearm or elbow, called a counterforce brace, with the goal of taking pressure off of the tendons
● Cortisone injections
● Extracorporeal shock wave therapy: this intervention consists of sending sound waves to the area of injury in order to facilitate healing
● Physical therapy: there are many exercises that a patient will be instructed to perform in physical therapy with the focus on eccentric exercises. Eccentric exercises are a form of strengthening the muscle as it lengthens, as opposed to a concentric contraction as in a biceps curl, when the muscle is shortening as it contracts. Eccentric exercises have been proven to be quite effective in managing the pain of tendon injuries. Deep tissue and transverse friction massage are also modalities that physical therapists frequently use when treating tendon injuries
There are surgical options that may be considered when the progression of this condition is very advance and conservative treatment fails to reduce pain and improve function. Surgery for Medial Epicondylitis involves removal of the damaged/diseased part of the tendon.