An Overview of Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow, is an elbow condition caused by overuse of the flexor and pronator tendons on the inside of the elbow joint. Very similar to tennis elbow, this condition requires a team approach of physical therapists and elbow specialists in order to treat the unwanted symptoms in the most effective manner. Texas Sports Medicine, located in the Dallas, Frisco and Fort Worth, Texas area, strives to return active individuals to the sport they love following a thorough diagnosis and treatment of golfer’s elbow.
What is Medial Epicondylitis?
Golfer’s elbow is an overuse condition marked by pain where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the medial epicondyle on the inside of the elbow.
This condition is most commonly found in active men between the ages of 20-49 years who play golf, lift weights or perform repetitive activities on a regular basis. Many active individuals report discomfort related to medial epicondylitis after a sudden increase in activity or at the beginning of the sport season. Typically caused by overuse of the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the inside of the elbow, golfer’s elbow can also be caused by poor body mechanics when swinging and poor equipment fit. In baseball, poor pitching mechanics can also lead to this condition.
Medial epicondylitis is not only reported in golf enthusiasts. It can also occur in athletes involved in weight training, throwing sports and racquet sports, as well as workers who consistently overuse the forearm and elbow joint.
Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms
- Pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow that can extend down the inner side of the forearm
- Weakness of the wrists and hands
- Numbness or tingling in the ring and little fingers
The pain associated with medial epicondylitis can intensify when swinging a club or racquet, squeezing an object, flexing the wrist or turning a doorknob.