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Treatment and Prevention of Golfer’s Elbow

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What is a Golfer's Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and discomfort on the inside of your elbow. While it is commonly associated with golfing activities, it can happen to anyone who engages in repetitive or forceful gripping motions of the wrist and fingers.

What Treatments Are Available for Golfer's Elbow?

What are the Non-Surgical Treatment?

 

PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of your blood, processing it to concentrate the platelets, and then injecting this solution directly into the affected area. Platelets contain growth factors that can help stimulate tissue repair and reduce inflammation, potentially aiding the healing process in damaged tendons.

Using a brace or splint can provide external support to the elbow joint, helping to stabilise it and reduce strain on the injured tendons. By limiting excessive movement and promoting proper alignment, bracing can alleviate pain and discomfort associated with a golfer's elbow.

RICE is a go-to treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including golfer’s elbow. It involves:

 

  • Rest:Staying away from activities that will worsen the symptoms.
  • Ice:Apply ice packs on the affected area throughout the day to alleviate pain and swelling.
  • Compression: Wrapping a compression bandage or sleeve around the elbow may reduce swelling and provide support to the joint.

Elevation: Elevating the affected arm above heart level when resting can help reduce swelling by draining fluid away from the affected area.

What are the Surgical Treatments?

This surgery involves making an incision over the medial epicondyle and carefully releasing the tight or damaged tendons attached to it. By freeing up these structures, pressure on the tendons is reduced, and pain relief is achieved. This procedure may also involve removing any scar tissue or bone spurs contributing to the compression of the tendons.

If the ulnar nerve is compressed or entrapped at the elbow, surgical release may be needed to alleviate symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. During the procedure, the surgeon carefully decompresses the nerve and removes any constricting structures, allowing for improved nerve function and providing relief.

How Can You Prevent a Golfer's Elbow?

Avoid diving straight into an activity. Be sure to engage in gentle stretching and light exercises as a warm-up routine. This can help prepare your muscles and tendons for the task ahead and reduce the risk of injury.

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. This could include taking brisk walks every day or choosing the stairs instead of the elevator. Keeping your body strong and flexible can reduce the risk of injuries and improve your overall health.

When your arms begin to send signals of soreness, fatigue, or pain, it is crucial to listen and take a break. If you ignore the sensations and continue with the activity, it could lead to injury such as sprains and tears.

Seek guidance from a coach or trained professional if you are a newcomer to an activity. This ensures you are using the proper techniques and equipment. They can also show you ways to reduce strain on your muscles and tendons, lowering your chances of developing a golfer's elbow.

When selecting sports equipment, avoid using those that are too long, heavy, or otherwise ill-fitting. If your equipment begins to show signs of wear and tear, it is important to have them replaced to maintain their effectiveness and reduce the risk of injury.

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Are You or Your Loved Ones Suffering from a Golfer's Elbow?

If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a golfer’s elbow, book an appointment with us at Avant Orthopaedics to receive a personalised consultation. Seek professional help to receive a suited treatment plan and take steps towards a better quality of life.

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