Medial epicondylitis is commonly referred to as Golfer's Elbow. It affects the tendons on the inside of the elbow, at the medial epicondyle. The muscles originate at the medial epicondyle and run toward the wrist on the inside of the arm. Golfer's elbow is similar to tennis elbow, but is on the inside of the arm instead of the outside.
Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow
Pain often begins slowly starting at the elbow and can run toward the hand and into the ring and little finger. Tingling and numbness are also common symptoms. A tightness in the inside forearm muscles and weakness with activities is common.
Elbow pain becomes worse with grabbing or holding objects, prolonged hand activities or grabbing a ball. Many people describe pain that slowly decreases over time and results in sore muscles that feel better when rubbed.
Risk Factors and Causes of Medial Epicondylitis
The repeated use of the hand or wrist initially causes muscle tightness and soreness that eventually leads to small tendon injuries. Repeated small injuries will lead to greater tendon injuries that eventually lead to pronounced symptoms and pain.
Any repeated hand or wrist activity can causes medial epicondylitis, especially if forceful hand movements are involved, such as hard gripping, twisting, or sustained wrist flexor muscle contraction. Poor lifting form increases the stress to the medial epicondyle and accelerates injury to the elbow.
Complications or Factors That Delay Healing of Medial Epicondylitis
Individuals who use their hand and wrists throughout the day often aggravate their condition and delay healing. Working with your provider to modify activities will improve the rate of healing and reduce flare ups.
Home Treatment for Golfer's Elbow
Golfer's elbow can often be treated at home by rest, ice, and braces. However, if the pain fails to disappear within a couple of weeks, further treatment is often required. Chronic conditions can last weeks to months. If weakness or tingling becomes more intense or frequent, it is a sign to seek immediate treatment.
In Office Treatment of Medial Epicondylitis
Goals of treatment are reducing the muscles spasms and decreasing the inflammation through physiotherapy, stretching, exercises, and massage therapy. Proper treatment involves a provider actively working the muscles and tendons through muscle therapy or manual treatments. Relaxing the muscles and decreasing the spasms will dramatically reduce the stress on the tendons. Techniques such as Graston Technique or Active Release Technique will further increase the speed of healing. These techniques reduce scar tissue in the injured tissue and dramatically reduce the elbow pain, especially in chronic conditions.
Medial epicondylitis can be successfully treated, and can help you quickly return to your normal activities. For further treatment details click onto services page link and read about Graston Technique and other treatment therapies used for medial epicondylitis.