Golfer‘s Elbow: Cause and Cure
Golfer’s Elbow medically known as the medial epicondylitis is descriptive of inflamed ligaments and tendons that connect to the medial aspect (inside) of the elbow. Epicondylitis is more common on the outside (lateral) rather than the medial (inside) aspect of the elbow. Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow) is more common in Golfers, especially for golfers that have a “baseball like grip” and those with poor swing or the newbies.
Golfer‘s Elbow is an overuse injury involving the elbow. It is similar to tennis elbow but on the opposite side of the elbow. You do not have to be a golfer to get golfer’s elbow. In fact, millions of golfer’s elbow pain sufferers never play golf. Ironically, some tennis players are now developing golfer’s elbow without having ever played a single game of golf. Golfer’s elbow is also common in pitchers. Hence, the synonym Pitcher’s Elbow, when present in pitchers. Additionally, there are other lesser-known layman’s terms such as baseball elbow, suitcase elbow and of course the new one: forehand tennis elbow.
Golfer‘s elbow (elbow pain) is medically known as medial epicondylitis, a term that describes an inflammatory condition affecting the medial (inside) of the elbow.
Medial epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) is the result of injury and irritation to the soft tissues on the medial aspect of the elbow. Damage to muscles, and tendons that flex the wrist bending it towards the palm. Therefore, injury occurs with powerful movement of wrist and hand in the direction of the palm (flexion). However, there are other possible causes for this condition, and we have provided them for your review below:
- Lifting or Carrying a heavy suitcase is a sure way of getting a golfer’s elbow
- Carrying objects without a 10 degree recommended bend of the arm at the elbow
- Improper sporting equipment
- Pushing your upper body beyond its‘ limits
- Excessive use of woods or rapid practice at the range when practicing golf
What are the symptoms of Golfer‘s Elbow (medial epicondylitis)?
Elbow pain is the most prominent symptom. Pain and discomfort along the palm side of the forearm, pain running from the elbow to the wrist and of course pain along the 5th digit (little finger) are the hallmark of symptoms that constitutes the golfers elbow. In addition to elbow pain, there may also be weakness present or some tingling sensations. Some have even complained o us of soreness and stiffness in the elbows.
What are the Contributing Factors to Golfer’s Elbow (Elbow Pain)?
There are a few contributing factors that every golfer elbow must be made aware. If you have weak muscles or a muscle imbalance, the likelihood of developing or worsening of your condition is quite high. Today, muscular imbalances are the biggest problem. Too many gyms and lots of unskilled help pretending to be exercise physiologist and recommending incorrect practices have led to an increase in spine and joint injuries in Malaysia. So, if you have a golfer‘s elbow, the first things you need to look is to see if you have a muscle imbalance, especially if you are a golfer or tennis player.
The most common overlook practice error of any athlete is excessive overuse of muscles. In golf there is a saying; “you drive for show, but put for duo”! Perhaps the ones that believe and follow this saying are those with a painful wrist. We always encourage our golfing patients not to kill the ball (wallop the ball). Another common cause of golfer’s elbow is related to using improper clubs. Golfer and Tennis player must use the proper fitting sporting equipment. The golf clubs or the tennis racquet must be of appropriate length and weight, matching the physical characteristics of the player. Clubs that are too long, too short or too small can lead to a sports injury and problems.
How to Avoid Elbow Problems that Cause Golfer’s Elbow Pain?
The best way to make sure that you do not get an elbow problem or elbow pain from either golf or tennis is to use proper techniques. In addition to good technique, stretching, warm-ups and cool downs are a must. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
Golfers can avoid developing this condition by making sure that you do not overuse your muscles, in particular on the range. Also, when in the rough, try to the layup as missing the ball and hitting the ground can cause significant injury to your wrist, elbow, shoulder and even neck. A common mistake among newbies is excessive wrist play. So, if yu are a new golfer, avoid scooping up the ball. In other words, keep your wrists locked throughout the swing. And if you just can’t stop scooping the ball or just must hit 100 balls at the range in less than 45 minutes, ice your elbow when you get home. Icing the elbow can stop most of the inflammatory processes you initiated on the range or during the scooping motions of your swing.
And if you happen to be the unlucky one, don’t ignore your pain. Get help before your condition worsens. As with any condition, the key to recovery is early diagnosis and proper intervention. Otherwise, the likelihood of a more complicated condition with significant pain increases. Individuals who neglect their condition may require lengthy and more invasive procedures.
What type of care is Best for a Golfer‘s Elbow?
Wish we had a dime each time a patient had asked us about the best treatment for a golfer’s elbow. This has been a common question over the years, and we would like to answer it here in hopes of providing needed information for all elbow pain sufferers.
The best possible care for any condition is one that does not involve cutting and throwing away important body part. Surgical and invasive procedures for the elbow have proven wasteful. Too many centers and clinics are too eager to inject their patients with cortisone or to cut them. This insane practice must stop. Your injury is mechanical and not the result of a deficiency in cortisone or medication, and no there are no spare parts in the human body. So, cutting and throwing or patching things do not last at all. If any tells you otherwise, they do not have your best interest in mind. It is just that simple.
If you have a golfer’s elbow, your best bet is to obtain a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment option. Golfer’s elbow is a mechanical condition that responds best to focused therapeutic procedures instead of injections or surgical interventions. Contact one of our centers today to explore an efficient non-surgical option that can get you back to an active life.
Visit Chiropractic Specialty Center and Repair Your Golfer’s Elbow Today
In our centers, research-based chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists using some of the most advanced therapy equipment and techniques is your best option for a quick and complete recovery from golfer’s elbow. We use state-of-the-Art medical devices for spine and joint that other do not have. Furthermore, our methods of care, skills, and knowledge are second to none. We can treat your elbow pain without the need for injections or surgery.
Even if you have had injections and surgery and still have pain like the millions of sufferers throughout the world, call us we can help. Let us evaluate the severity of your condition. Once we have assessed your elbow, we will form a treatment plan. With that plan, your recovery is almost a sure thing.
Golfer’s Elbow Injury Treatment
In our office, we have seen a good share of sports injuries that includes the Golfer’s elbow. Our method of therapy is one that is conservative and includes a combination of physiotherapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic manipulations. Our treatments focus on the repair and strengthening of the injured elbow.
Preventing Golfer’s Elbow As with any condition, golfer’s elbow is best if avoided in the first place. To avoid golfer’s elbow, make sure to do the following:
- Stop if you feel any pain.
- Stretch relevant muscles before activity by flexing and extending your wrists with the elbows in a flexed position.
- Limit driving range activities; avoid hitting more than 100 balls at the range.
- Practice with all clubs and don’t just hog the woods (longer clubs put more stress on elbow).
- Alter your swing mechanics if necessary (may need lessons).
- Make sure that your clubs are of proper size and the grip is right for you.
- Discontinue or modify the action that is causing the strain on your elbow joint.
- If you must continue, be sure to warm up for 10 minutes or more before any activity involving your arm, and apply ice to it afterward.
- Take more frequent breaks, especially when in the driving range.
Strapping Band for Golfer’s Elbow
Try strapping a band around your forearm just below your elbow. If the support seems to help you lift objects such as heavy books, then continue with it. Be aware that such bands can cut off circulation and impede healing., In short, strapping bands are better when used once golfer’s elbow has disappeared.
In addition to therapy, we also advise patients on warm-up stretches that may be helpful in preventing similar injuries in the future. For those injured, we may offer a combination of one or more of the following therapies to restore proper function:
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Interferential Current Therapy
- Chiropractic Manipulation
- Specialized Physiotherapy Treatments
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
For more information on Golfer’s Elbow or Tennis Elbow, please contact a Chiropractic Specialty Center near you today. We have the non-operative expert teams of research-based chiropractors, clinical physiotherapists, rehabilitation experts and advanced technology to help your spine or joint recovery fast. We have a proven record of success. In fact, we are the non-surgical pain relief experts you need now. Contact us today! Please share this page to let your golfing friends know how to avoid injury, especially if they are new to golf or if they have injured their elbow. Give our diagnosis and cause-specific Golfer’s Elbow treatments in Malaysia a try before injecting harmful chemicals or opting for surgical procedures that do little in the long-term.