3 Ways to Help Your Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow is a common elbow pain that is mixed up with tennis elbow. In this blog, we explain what differs and how to help your condition.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Like a previous blog about tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow is an injury with a similar mechanism where it is an inflammation of the tendon due to overuse. However, what is different is the muscles involved which are involved in wrist extension and forearm pronation. This will lead to pain that is commonly seen in the medial (inner) side of the elbow.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
– Local Swelling and warmth of inner elbow
– Pain on palpation of inner elbow
– Weakness when trying to pronate arm or extend wrist
What Can I Do?
Like any other overuse injury, it would be best to decrease the load you put on your elbow. In some cases, the pain will may subside with rest. However, more commonly we see that there will be an onset of pain again as soon as load is increased. Thus, the exercises prescribed is equally important.
Eccentric exercise has been shown to improve the condition of your golfer’s elbow. You can try this exercise of slowly lowering the dumbbell as your wrist flexes and then return to the starting position. The time taken should be at least 3 seconds to lower the weight and you can do a few sets of 10-15 repetitions.
Here at Elevate Physiotherapy, we also offer shockwave therapy as part of the treatment plan. It has also been shown to be effective for Golfer’s Elbow. To find out more about shockwave therapy, you can check out an article we wrote here.
If you are unsure of what is causing your elbow pain, we recommend you contact us to book an appointment for an assessment by our physiotherapists.
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