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golfer's elbow

What's this?

L’medial epicondylitis or golfer's elbow often occurs during repetitive movements involving the wrist, whether at work or during daily activities. 

Elbow pain is common among golfers, especially amateurs. Elbow pain accounts for 25% to 33% of amateur golf injuries and 7% to 10% of professional golf injuries.

Also, this pain can occur as a result of overuse which results in inflammation where the muscles and tendons attach to the elbow. The muscles and tendons involved are those that allow the flexion of the wrist and fingers.

Without proper treatment, this condition can develop into a chronic and recurring problem. Also, there may be the presence of degeneration or partial tear of the tendon is possible.

This elbow pain is located on the inner side
It will be felt when the inflamed muscle or tendon is used. At first, it will be during certain specific activities and then it will manifest itself during simple daily activities such as lifting a glass or turning a door handle. Weakness during these activities may also be noted.
This should not be confused with tennis elbow tendinopathy, which is more frequently encountered and located on the lateral part of the elbow.

Symptoms of this elbow pain

The pain is located in the protruding part of the bone on the inside of the elbow.

The pain is triggered by squeezing the hand or holding an object firmly.

The pain is triggered by forced pronation. The hand turns inwards.

The pain can be clearly increased by a shock or vibration.

There is a slight swelling in the painful area.

Golfer's elbow is a common elbow tendinopathy

Who are the affected populations?

As mentioned above, golfers are affected by this elbow pain. Indeed, the vibrations felt at the time of the impact with the ball constrain the tendons. Tennis can also trigger this internal pain.

Manual workers are also concerned because the muscles of the forearm are overworked.

Finally, leisure activities such as gardening and DIY generate elbow pain due to the use of vibrating equipment: electric pruning shears, drill...

The causes

Elbow pain when the tendons are overstressed compared to their usual capacity:

Repetitive stress and chronic injuries involving the muscles and tendons of the forearm
Weakness and imbalance of the musculature
Exercise overload ("too much effort, too soon" syndrome)
Unsuitable equipment or poor technique

Our body is able to adapt permanently but can generate dysfunctions according to the lack of progression.

Golfer's elbow is a common problem

The Chiropractic approach and treatments

for the golfer's elbow

severe lumbar sprain
Change in activities associated with the condition
Reduction of inflammation or pain in the elbow with ice (20 minutes / 2 hours) and complementary therapies including neurocryotherapy
Joint manipulations and soft tissue work (Active Release Techniques and Graston) to correct the biomechanics of the elbow and reduce scar tissue.
Stretching exercises
Exercises to strengthen and stabilize the elbow
Medication (anti-inflammatory) as needed
Orthopedic apparatus and kinesiology taping to reduce pressure on the damaged tendon.
Cortisone injections as needed
Very rare surgical procedures
Platelet rich plasma

Prognosis

of the golfer's elbow

Acute condition, where symptoms have been present for less than 4 weeks, is treated in 2 to 6 weeks
Acute condition, where symptoms have been present for less than 4 weeks, is treated in 2 to 6 weeks

How to relieve the pain in the elbow?

Apply ice or heat. This helps to flush out inflammatory waste products and loosen local connective tissue.

Get a Velcro bracelet to reduce shocks and vibrations and relieve discomfort during your daily activities or sports.

Apply essential oils (check beforehand to see if you are not allergic).

Change your eating habits and avoid pro-inflammatory foods.

WARNING !

If you experience these symptoms see your chiropractor.

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