What is golfers elbow?


Physiotherapists are often treating patients who are suffering from golfers elbow, as this is a common condition, especially in people between the ages of 40 and 60 years old. This injury occurs from overuse and it is very similar to tennis elbow, with the only difference being the fact that it affects the inner aspect of the elbow, whereas tennis elbow affects the outer aspect. In this blog post, we are going to tell you more about this condition, as well as providing you with some details on the sort of treatment options that are available to you.

It is vital to book an appointment with one of the physiotherapists in your area

If you think you could be suffering from this condition, it is vital to book an appointment with one of the physiotherapists in your area, as golfers elbow is something that only gets worse over time. For more severe cases, a specialist doctor may be needed. You can use a doctor directory to find the right person for you. 

Do you have golfers elbow?

To begin with, you will find that you probably experience an ache after you have carried out physical activity or something that you are not used to be doing, and this can occur immediately after the activity or the following morning. The longer you leave the condition untreated, you are likely to experienced referred pain in the forearm and you may suffer from reduced grip strength, weakness, the inability to sleep at night, and the pain will get sharper and more excruciating.

The common causes of golfers elbow

So, what actually causes this condition? It occurs through overuse, which means patients who carry out activities tend to experience golfer’s elbow, with golf being a prime example, but other activities including working at the computer, bricklaying, painting, gymnastics, badminton, tennis, body building, knitting and much more. The reason this injury occurs when engaging in these activities is that there is repetitive, excessive or high force tension placed on the flexor tendon, which causes damage to the tendon, resulting in pain and inflammation. 

Putting together a treatment plan

If this sounds familiar, don’t panic, as experienced physiotherapists can ensure the problem is dealt with as quickly as possible. When you book an appointment with a clinic, one of their experienced and friendly therapists will carry out a full assessment so they can come to an accurate diagnosis, not only ensuring that golfers elbow is indeed the problem, but assessing how bad the damage to the tendon is. This allows them to put together the most effective course of treatment, ensuring you get back to your best in no time. 

There are many different techniques we can use to alleviate pain and restore functionality, including ice or heat treatment, progressive exercises, joint mobilisation, bracing, soft tissue massage and much more. They will also provide you with advice and tips on ways to manage the condition effectively at home so that the issue does not get worse or reoccur again in the future. 

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