Epicondylitis medialis, Golf elbow

Golf elbow

The epicondylitis medialis or known better under the name golf elbow is characterised by pain on the inside of the elbow, radiating to the lower arm. The pain is caused by an inflammation of the tendon attachment of the tendons that allow the hand and wrist bend downward and make a fist. The attachment of these tendons are located at the inner side of the elbow.

Having a Golf elbow, the pain will be felt right in the bone at the inner side of the elbow at the bottom. The pain will then occur when bending the hand. By the way, most people suffering from a golf or -tennis elbow, never played golf or tennis in their entire life

Pressing on the attachment of these  bend muscles on the inner side of the elbow, hurt. Pain complaints occur for example while carrying a bag or suitcase, hitting a tennis ball by fore hand, striking a golf ball and such.

Cause and Symptoms. What are your complaints?

This overload can have various causes;

  • Serving the tennis ball with great force or using a lot of topspin while serving.
  • Using a tennis racket which is either too short or too heavy.
  • The string tension on the tennis racket is too high.
  • Weakened or insufficient power in wrist or shoulder muscles.
  • Carrying  bags, suitcases or other things which are too heavy.
  • Cutting firewood.
  • Using a chainsaw or a heavy pruning shears.
  • Frequently using hand tools such as screwdrivers, etc.

What can be done?

  • The most simple way to avoid pain is avoiding overload or incorrect burden.
  • There are special straps available that you can wear on the lower arm. So you can try to lower tension on the attachment of the muscles on the inside of the elbow. Also elbow braces can be found which can relieve the symptoms quite well.
  • And last but not least; Consider exercise therapeutic treatment .
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