Golfer’s Elbow Treatment (Medial Epicondylitis)
You do not need to play golf to experience medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow. When the tendons on the inside of the elbow that connect to the wrist become damaged, it can result in medial epicondylitis and restrict arm and wrist mobility. Caliber Pain™ offers golfer’s elbow treatment (medial epicondylitis) at our clinic in Manhattan.
Repeated exertion on the elbow tendons is the most common cause of golfer’s elbow. Anything that requires gripping and pressing the wrist inward can cause strain on the tendon that stretches between the elbow and wrist. Playing golf, racquet sports or baseball can cause damage to this inner elbow tendon. Work activities, like typing on the computer, painting and tool use, can also cause tendonitis or tendon strain from bending the wrist forward. Symptoms of medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, can include:
- Pain when bending the wrist forward
- Pain inside the elbow to the outside of the hand
- Weakness in the wrist
- A weak grip
- Pain when gripping
- Tingling from the inside the elbow to the pinky finger
Restricting movement and resting the wrist and elbow can help alleviate pain in mild cases. When there is more extensive damage, treatment may be required to reduce pain and improve function.
Relieving Medial Epicondylitis Symptoms
Conservative treatment is the best course of action to relieve medial epicondylitis. When a few days of rest does not relieve symptoms, treatment can include physical therapy, NSAIDs to relieve inflammation, use of a brace and stretching. For more severe tendon damage with golfer’s elbow, treatments may include corticosteroid or PRP injections to help reduce inflammation and improve healing.
If you have golfer’s elbow symptoms and need relief, come see our pain specialists at Caliber Pain™. Contact the staff at our New York City clinic to schedule your evaluation, and discuss options for medial epicondylitis treatment.