Golfer’s Elbow

April 1, 2010 by  

Golfer’s Elbow is a common name given to pain originating on the inside or medial side of the elbow.  This condition arises from irritation or inflammation of the tendons of one or several forearm their attachment point, a bony protuberance known as the medial epicondyle.  The medical term used for this condition is Medial Epicondylitis.  If this condition is located on the outside or lateral portion of the elbow, it is commonly referred to as Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylitis.  Tennis Elbow is much more common than Golfer’s Elbow, but more manageable.
There are many causes for Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis, not just tennis and golf.  Any activity that involves repetitive gripping of objects can cause this condition.  Many people develop golfer’s or tennis elbow from computer work that involves improper arm and wrist posture, carrying heavy bags, or knitting.  Since I don’t believe we have many readers that knit, this condition is often seen in sports when an individual is “new” to a certain sport, using improper technique,  trying out new clubs, raquets, equipment, etc. or performing such tasks for a long duration without proper preparation.  In many instances, a person may have a difficult time gripping one’s coffee cup.
Some cases of golfer’s and tennis elbow can be attributed to problems further up the arm or even in the neck.  If someone has a spinal disc condition or subluxation.  The nerves that control the forearm muscles can become irritated causing the muscles to tense up which causes tendonous attachments to strain and eventually swell.  In this instance, it predisposes an individual to having elbow pain from any of the above mentioned causes.  If left untreated it will created a consistent dysfunction, complicating the condition.
Epicondylitis is a conditon that rarely resolves on its own, thus, requiring proper medical management.  A qualified medical professional such as a chiropractor can determine the exact cause of the problem and initiate proper care and treatment.  This could include modalities such as ultrasound therapy, massage, cold treatment, stretching and exercises at home.  Chiropractic care has proven extremely effective in the overall management of this problem.
Dr. V.
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