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This condition is usually characterised by a pain felt on the inside of your elbow joint. Playing golf can put you at a higher risk of suffering from this, but golf is not the only cause of the problem.
Pain where the flexor tendons within the forearm connect with the upper part of your arm is one of the main symptoms of golfers elbow. The pain is focused around the bony point on the inside of the elbow, but it can go further down the inner forearm. The problems are usually felt when the arm is bent inwards or the wrist is flexed in the direction of the body. The pain tends to get worse over a period of time. The symptoms can be relieved effectively, especially if treatment is sought early enough. One method is to use an elbow support, which increases the compression of the affected region and can help to reduce the pain.
The condition is similar but shouldn't be confused with tennis elbow where the pain is focussed on the outside of the elbow joint.
Patients who suffer from golfers elbow generally feel the pain becoming considerably worse when the muscles in the area are used too much. These muscles enable you to bend the wrist and swivel the arm. If this type of action is carried out repeatedly it can result in small tears or pulls to the tendons.
Unsurprisingly, playing a considerable amount of golf is one of the main causes of golfers elbow. However, there are other sports and activities that can cause the problem and include playing squash, tennis, cricket and bowling or using tools such as hammers and screwdrivers.
If you are suffering from pain in this area of the elbow, then the first step is to go to your GP. They will be able to give you a thorough examination and assess your symptoms. If they diagnose it as golfers elbow then they will provide you with a treatment plan.
The sooner you seek treatment, the better the final outcome. When you first feel the symptoms, you should use ice treatment on the affected area for around a quarter of an hour at least three or four times a day. It’s important to rest and not take part in any activities that could aggravate the symptoms. Putting any stress on the injury could make it worse. You can help to rest the injury by using a splint or an elbow support, which can reduce the level of pain. Your GP may prescribe ibuprofen or another NSAID medication to ease the swelling and pain.
A course of physiotherapy can also be of help when treating the condition. A physiotherapist will offer you advice on how best to treat the injury, as well as showing you suitable forms of exercise. It’s essential that you allow the injury to heal before building up and strengthening the joint. Most patients will recover from this injury without the need for surgery. However, if other forms of treatment haven’t worked, you could be offered an operation on the tendon.
If you seek the right treatment for golfers elbow it shouldn’t affect your daily routine for too long. However, if the problem reappears, using an elbow support or other form of brace can reduce the intensity of the problem.