Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning to piggyback on the article I wrote the other day on Tennis Elbow and write one on Golfer’s Elbow today. Golfer’s Elbow is also known as Medial Epicondylitis affecting the inner portions of the elbow differing from Tennis Elbow that affects the outer portions of the elbow.
Tennis Elbow is an injury that affects the muscles that extend the wrist, and those muscles originate from the bump on the outer portion of the elbow. This bump is where the pain is felt with Tennis Elbow. Golfer’s Elbow is an injury that affects the muscles that flex the wrist, and those muscles originate from the bump on the inner portion of the elbow. And, as you may have guessed, this is where the pain is felt with Golfer’s Elbow. Golfer’s Elbow is believed to be a tendinopathy (The term tendinopathy includes both inflammation and microtears, but many doctors may still use the term tendinitis to describe a tendon injury.) of those muscles that flex the wrist as well as the pronator teres muscle.
These patients come into my office complaining of pain on the inner portion of the elbow following activities that require a lot of repetition such as hammering or using a screwdriver. In athletes, it usually occurs when flexing and pronation (rotating the hand towards the ground) such as in serving an overhead and forehand strokes. Golfing or throwing may also cause symptoms. These patients occasionally complain of pain or weakness when gripping.
Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow is no different than that of Tennis Elbow other than we would apply the Kinesiology Tape on the opposite side of the arm to relieve the tension being placed on the wrist flexor muscle group. Myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique have proven to be very beneficial with this injury, and they are utilized to prevent scar tissue formation and encourage healing. Manipulation of the wrist and elbow have proven to be very effective as well.
If you are struggling with Golfer’s Elbow or any other sort of Elbow Pain, call my office today (480) 366-4041. We can Help!