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Golfer Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Golfer Elbow

Description

  • Medial epicondylitis also occurs in repetitive movements involving the wrist, whether at work or during daily activities.
  • It can also occur in golfers, whether amateur or professional.
  • As a result of overwork, inflammation occurs where muscles and tendons attach to the elbow. The muscles and tendons involved are those that allow flexion of the wrist and fingers.
  • Without proper treatment, this condition can develop into a chronic and recurring problem. The presence of partial degeneration or tear of the tendon is possible.

 

Presentation

  • The pain is on the inside of the elbow.
  • It will be felt when the inflamed muscle or tendon is used. At first, it will be during certain specific activities to then manifest itself in simple daily activities such as lifting a glass or turning a door handle. A weakness in these activities may also be noted.

Causes

  • Repetitive Stress and chronic injuries involving muscles and tendons of the forearm
  • Weakness and imbalance of the muscles
  • Exercises Abuse (syndrome “too hard, too soon”)
  • Equipment not suitable
  • Poor technical

 

Treatments

  • Modification of activities associated with the condition
  • Reduction of inflammation with ice (20 minutes / 2 hours) and complementary therapies including neurocryothérapie
  • Manipulations joint and soft tissue work (Active Release Techniques and Graston) to correct biomechanics of the elbow and reduce scar tissue
  • Stretching exercises
  • Exercises to strengthen and stabilize the elbow
  • Drugs (anti-inflammatory) as required
  • Orthopedic appliance and Kinesio taping to reduce the pressure on the tendon Damaged.
  • Cortisone injections as needed
  • Rare Surgery
  • Platelet Rich Plasma

Prognosis

  • Acute condition, for which symptoms have been present for less than 4 weeks, is treated within 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Chronic conditions, for which symptoms have been present for more than 8 weeks, may require 3-6 months.