Hi friends! Matt and Jordan here at Aspen Ridge physical therapy. Today we want to talk about a condition that will really affect you if you play a lot of golf. We call it golfer’s elbow, but the medical term is medial epicondylitis. Essentially it’s an irritation of the muscles and tendons on the inside of your elbow. There are many muscles in the forearm that help to flex your wrist and fingers, or to make a fist. The majority of these muscles come together and form one tendon at the elbow called the common flexor tendon. This can become painful and irritated, leading to tendinitis, and can really limit what you can do!
How do I get Golfer’s Elbow?
Most often occurs from repetitive overuse of the wrist flexor muscles
- Often with golfing, construction work (hammering, screwdrivers, etc)
- Can occur with direct pressure / trauma to inside of the elbow
How do I know if I have Golfer’s Elbow?
- Pain in the inside of the elbow that may radiate to the forearm or wrist
- Pain with flexing your wrist and fingers, or making a fist
- Pain with twisting movements of the hand (think of turning a doorknob or unscrewing a lid from a jar)
- Occasionally you may have a bump on the inside of your elbow
Ultimately, a full, personalized evaluation by a doctor of physical therapy can confirm whether you do or do not have golfer’s elbow, but if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, we would love to help you get pointed in the right direction. As physical therapists, we are trained in the evaluation and treatment of medial epicondylitis. We will identify your deficits, establish a plan based on your specific areas of weakness and your personal goals.
Here at Aspen Ridge Physical Therapy, we are prepared to guide you through a personalized treatment plan based on your body, your goals, and your needs. Our Doctors treat patients in the Layton, Syracuse, Clearfield, and Clinton areas. Call us today with any questions or to set up an appointment. You can reach us at 801-773-1350