The golfer’s elbow is also known as medial humeral epicondylitis (or enthesopathy of the medial epicondyle of the humerus). A characteristic symptom is elbow pain on the inside.
This is not only a problem for golf players, and even a larger group of people with this ailment are people who have office work eg at the computer.
As part of physiotherapy, we conduct an interview, study of the movement system (eg bending and straightening the arm and elbow), palpation examination (checking the muscle tension or pressure causes discomfort or pain). Based on the examination and the interview, we plan individual therapy, which includes: healing massage, health massage, loosening of fascia, kinesiology taping, exercises and learning work ergonomics. Each patient has a recommended homework, which is to help the physiotherapy process and then preventive action.
Symptoms of a golfer’s elbow
- Pain on the medial (inner) side of the elbow
- Increased sensitivity to touch / Tenderness at palpation
- Pain increases during loading of the flexor muscles of the forearm
Causes of golfer’s elbow
- It is caused by overloading of forearm flexor muscles and / or reversible muscle of the periphery affixing to the medial epicondyle of the bones
brachial and myofascial tension associated with the latissimus dorsi muscle (which, for example, is tightly supported by the elbows).
- As a result of overload in the chordal part, micro-injuries occur
Treatment of golfer’s elbow
- Eccentric exercises of flexor muscles of the forearm
- Transverse massage of the proximal flexor of the forearm flexor muscles
- Tensegatory massage
- Ice compresses
- Painkillers (acute condition)
- Stretching the forearm flexor muscles
- Pharmacological treatment
- Surgical procedure
Prophylaxis of the golfer’s elbow
- Exercises for loosening the forearm flexors (stretching, auto massage)
- Ergonomic position during work
- Kinesiology taping