Stay in the swing: managing golfer’s elbow

Stay in the swing: managing golfer’s elbow

If you love summer golf, then suffering with “golfer’s elbow” is not how you want to spend these precious days on the green.

Golfer’s elbow is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow. The pain is caused by damage to the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the medial epicondyle, a bony bump on the inside of the elbow.

Golfer’s elbow pain can worsen with repetitive movement in sports like golf, tennis, or baseball. Even repetitive activities like lifting weights, typing, painting, or using hand tools can cause medial epicondylitis symptoms.

Some common-sense approaches to these activities can help to prevent golfer’s elbow. They include:

 

Warm up and stretch before activities.

  • Use proper technique and equipment for sports and occupational tasks.
  • Strengthen the forearm muscles with targeted exercises.
  • Take regular breaks to avoid repetitive stress on the elbow.

 

If you’re already experiencing the symptoms of golfer’s elbow, continue with the preventative recommendations, but also consider these options to reduce pain:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Pain relievers
  • Ergonomic adjustments
  • Brace or splint
  • Physical therapy for golfer’s elbow
  • Chiropractic care for golfer’s elbow

Remember, if your symptoms persist or worsen despite these measures, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Fore!

 

Dr. Bryen A Bell is a local wellness expert serving families and athletes across the West Coast for over 20 years.  He is an award-winning Clinic Director of True Potential Chiropractic and TPC Regenerative Health. Call 503.574.4872 or visit tpcportland.com.