About Golfer's Elbow
You do not need to play golf to experience golfer’s elbow. Repetitive use or overuse of the tendons that move the wrist are usually responsible for causing golfer’s elbow. Pressure and force when gripping the hand and bending the wrist forward, common in golf, can put stress on the inner elbow tendons. Other activities can include lifting or carrying heavy items by a handle, throwing a baseball or certain repetitive wrist motions in the workplace.
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Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow
Also called medial epicondylitis, golfer's elbow involves an injury to the tendons on the inside of the elbow. Repetitive use of these tendons can create inflammation, causing pain and weakness in the elbow, as well as affecting the hand and wrist. Pain usually begins in the inner elbow, progressing to pain when gripping and weakness in the wrist.
Treatment for Golfer's Elbow
While minor golfer’s elbow can recover in a few weeks, more severe deterioration of the tendons could result in several months of pain and dysfunction. Conservative treatment options include rest, ice, physical therapy, wearing a brace and using OTC medications. For more severe cases of medial epicondylitis, our interventional pain and joint specialists may recommend steroid or Regenexx platelet rich plasma (PRP), platelet lysate, or bone marrow concentrate with stem cells to reduce pain and improve healing.
If you suffer from symptoms of golfer’s elbow, schedule a consultation with our interventional pain specialists at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan today. We will create an individualized treatment plan to help treat your pain, improve your function and get you back to living your life.