Our Ottawa physiotherapy and sports medicine specialists see a lot of clients who experience issues with their forearms and elbows. The anatomy in that area is complex and specialized, and used constantly in everything from everyday activities to sports. Golfer's elbow is one of the more common complaints we treat in our clinics. But wait a minute, you're thinking. I don't golf, so that’s one injury I won’t have to worry about. Not necessarily...
Does this sound familiar?
It sounds like you've got golfer's elbow. You don't have to golf to get golfer's elbow, as it turns out.
What is Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer's elbow, also known as Little League elbow or thrower's elbow in the world of baseball, is called medial epicondylitis in medical terms. It's an injury caused by over using the tendons and muscles of the forearm.
The fingers and thumb are controlled by a series of small muscles that come together in the forearm in something called a tendinous sheath which then attaches to the bone at the elbow.
When the fingers are used repeatedly to grip an object - like a golf club - it can eventually cause inflammation along the wrist up to the elbow. Any activity that involves gripping an object and flexing the wrist can cause medial epicondylitis. Other possible objects may include,
What Can I Do?
If symptoms have just started, then the first rule is: stop doing the activity that is causing the strain. Resting the area is the best way to help promote healing and reduce the inflammation. Here are some other ideas.
If those measures, along with complete rest of the affected area, haven’t relieved any of your symptoms within a few days, your Ottawa physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist is available to help you fully assess and then devise a treatment plan for your condition.
Treatment and Prevention
The treatment plan your Ottawa physiotherapist or other will draw up will be based on a detailed evaluation of your condition. The cause, your current physical condition, lifestyle, and activities may all play a role. Possible treatments include,
Prevention involves taking measures that anyone can do to prevent the kind of repetitive strain injury that results in golfer’s elbow. These include,
Whether it is advice or treatment, call our Ottawa physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics for your consultation today.