What is Golfer's Elbow?
In medical terms, golfer’s elbow is called either partial tearing of the common flexor tendon or medial epicondylitis.
What causes Golfer's Elbow?
In most cases golfer’s elbow is not caused by golf. It is usually caused by overuse. Sometimes it can be caused by a single injury. It can happen in athletes and non-athletes, men and women, healthy and not-healthy people, young and old people. Golfer’s elbow is common.
What are the symptoms of Golfer's Elbow?
The main symptom of golfer’s elbow is pain on the inside of the elbow (see picture). This pain can happen with use or at rest. Some people will even have pain at night. Golfer’s elbow can cause pain when doing things such as: shaking hands, grabbing something, shaving, lifting, holding a cup of coffee, brushing teeth or hair, just to name a few.
How can you tell if you have Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow usually can be diagnosed by physical exam. The doctor will press right over the inside of the elbow (see picture) and if this causes pain then it is most likely golfer’s elbow. X-rays are needed. MRI can also be useful.
How is Golfer's Elbow Treated?
The treatment of golfer’s elbow is usually non-surgical. Physical therapy is very helpful. Other treatments such as cortisone injections, PRP, whole blood injections, barbotage, TENEX and others can also be helpful.
If the non-operative treatments do not work then surgery to fix golfer’s elbow can help. The surgery is very simple and takes about 15 minutes. It has a high success rate. However, after surgery the person cannot use their arm for 6 weeks.