Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

What is Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)?

Medial epicondylitis is commonly known as golfer’s elbow, baseball elbow, suitcase elbow, or forehand tennis elbow. Golfer’s Elbow is characterized by pain from the elbow to the wrist on the inside (medial side) of the elbow. Medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) occurs when the tendons on the inside of the forearm become irritated, inflamed, and painful due to repetitive use of the hand, wrist, and forearm. A tendon is a tough cord of tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone and made up of strands of a material called collagen.  Many other repetitive activities can also lead to golfer’s elbow: throwing, chopping wood with an ax or using any type of hand tools. Any such activities that stress the same forearm muscles can cause symptoms of golfer’s elbow.

What are the causes of Medial Epicondylitis?

Medial epicondylitis is caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and elbow. Some possible causes of medial epicondylitis include:

  • Shoveling
  • Serving with great force in tennis or using a spin serve
  • Weak shoulder and wrist muscles
  • Gardening
  • Throwing a javelin
  • Hammering nails
  • Carrying a heavy suitcase
  • Chopping wood with an ax
  • Operating a chain saw
  • Frequent use of other hand tools


What are the symptoms of Medial Epicondylitis?

The main symptom of medial epicondylitis is tenderness and pain along the palm side of the forearm, from the elbow to the wrist, on the same side as the little finger. The pain can be felt when bending your wrist, squeezing a rubber ball, twisting your forearm down, or grasping objects can make the pain worse. You may feel tenderness to touch and swelling along the inside of the forearm.


How can physical therapist help at SOS PHYSIO?

Medial epicondylitis should be properly treated as soon as it occurs, as tendons do not have a good blood supply. An inflamed tendon that is not treated can begin to tear, causing a more serious condition. SOS PHYSIO’s physical therapists are experienced in treating people with medial epicondylitis. Our physical therapist has advanced knowledge, experience, and skills that may apply to your condition. There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) that have been shown to be very effective in treating this condition.

For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic


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