Do I Have Golfer’s Elbow?
People that golf regularly will eventually be susceptible to some type of sports-related injury that demands attention. A very common type of golf-related injury is known as Medial Epicondylitis or Golfer’s Elbow for short. This type of injury can affect anyone from amateurs playing for fun on the weekend all the way to the best golfers in the world.
Watch this video on Golfer’s Elbow by Mark Leber, MD (one of our Orthopedic Hand & Wrist Surgeons)
Tiger Woods has repeatedly had to deal with this issue in the past that has kept him from performing his best. The symptoms of this injury are occasional sharp pains on the inside of the elbow. This pain is being caused by tiny tears in the tendons near your elbow. Other symptoms from this injury include stiffness, weakness, numbing or tingling.
The reason this injury is so common in golf is that in golf, our motion is very repetitive, and that can cause excessive strain on the elbow, causing this condition. So you have golfer’s elbow; now what? While this condition may seem extreme, there isn’t much action you need to take for it to improve over time, but there are some simple steps you can take in dealing with the issue.
Doctors have said that in regards to treatment, you don’t really need to take any medical action necessarily. This condition will more than likely go away over time. Taking an over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen or Advil can ease the symptoms of pain or inflammation.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is to put away the clubs for a while and allow your body to get back to one hundred percent. If you are a regular golfer that goes out every week, consider taking one week off then going back out and seeing how your body reacts. This type of injury does not require you to not play in order to heal, but it can encourage healing quicker in some cases.
By wearing a compression sleeve when you golf, you will limit how much those joints are able to move freely, which can give your elbow some much-needed ease of motion to avoid inflammation.
Evaluate Your Swing
While this condition is a common one many golfers have to go through from time to time, it could mean your swing goes against what your body naturally wants to do. Consider seeing a swing professional at a golf shop or course to get someone on one instruction and evaluation to see if any improvements can be made.
Stretch and Strengthen
Doctors tend to suggest just doing some simple stretches to increase the mobility of the affected area to encourage proper healing in recovery. Your doctor may even want to suggest doing some kind of low-impact strength training with lower weights to improve your body’s ability to take on load management.
Surgery is never the first option when dealing with Golfers Elbow. You will most likely never need to have this as an option as almost all types of this condition will fade after weeks or months. You need to consider seeing a medical professional if you have any symptoms such as immobility in the elbow, fever, and skin being hot to the touch in that area, or deformation as this may signify you have a more serious injury occurring.
Speak with an Orthopedic Specialist Today
Are you suffering from a recent injury? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has nearly two dozen offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.