Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) in Manhattan, NY

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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.

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.

Golfer's elbow FAQs

Is there a way to prevent golfer's elbow?

While it may not be possible to completely prevent golfer’s elbow, there are ways to decrease your risk of developing this condition. These include using proper form when participating in sports or performing repetitive movements at work. We also recommend incorporating stretching into your workout routine to help improve the flexibility and strength of the muscles in your forearm.

What happens if conservative treatments do not work?

If conservative treatments such as rest, ice, and physical therapy do not provide enough relief for your golfer’s elbow, our team at Ospina Medical may offer interventional procedures such as steroid or PRP injections. These therapies can help reduce inflammation and stimulate healing in the affected tendons. Our goal is to provide real, lasting relief for patients.

Can I still participate in sports with golfer's elbow?

It is important to consult with a medical professional in New York City before continuing to participate in sports. Some modifications or limitations may be needed to prevent further strain and aggravation of the affected tendons. These modifications do not necessarily mean giving up sports entirely but finding ways to still participate without exacerbating your condition.

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