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Elbow Pain (Ouch!)

Pain at your elbow? Maybe it’s Golfers Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis! If you place your hands out, palms towards the ceiling, the inside of your elbow is the area that’s being discussed. The flexors of the forearm insert into the medical epicondyles.

Golfers are not the only ones affected !

So how do I know if I might have it?

> Occur suddenly or insidious (over time)

> stiffness

> pain around your elbow

> pain when gripping

> pain pulling towards chest

> hand/wrist weakness

> difficult to move after long periods of inactivity

> recent gardening, new activity such as gardening is one to watch out for

So what is it?

Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow) is a type of tendinitis that affects the inside of the elbow. It develops where tendons in the forearm muscle connect to the bony part on the inside of the elbow.

Tendons attach muscles to bones. Due to injury or irritation, they can become swollen and painful. Although medial epicondylitis is referred to as golfer’s elbow, it doesn’t only affect golfers. It can occur from any activity involving use of the arms or wrists, including tennis and baseball.

Medial epicondylitis can occur suddenly or develop slowly over a period of time. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. If you have golfer’s elbow, you may experience any of the following:

  • pain on the inside of your elbow

  • elbow stiffness

  • hand and wrist weakness

  • tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers, especially the ring and little fingers

  • difficulty moving the elbow

A Physiotherapist can help through treatments and customised exercises.

Ripon Physio Co.


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