At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Waldorf, MD, we can help you address Golfer’s Elbow with a variety of treatment choices that have proved successful with our patients.
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Golfer's elbow – or medial epicondylitis - is a form of tendinopathy that affects the medial common flexor tendon of the elbow. It’s an excruciatingly painful joint condition felt where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the inside of your elbow. It is most often caused by overuse or overload. Repetitive motion that involves your wrist and arm – like swinging a golf club – is the most common culprit.
When it comes to elbow conditions, Tennis Elbow comes immediately to mind – and most people think they’re the same thing, but they’re actually the reverse of one another. Both involve pain along the forearm and elbow, but Tennis Elbow causes pain on the outside of the elbow while Golfer's Elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow. Learn more about elbow conditions and the best treatment options by reaching out to our Waldorf MD location.
Golfer’s Elbow is caused by several different types of activities – usually sports, work, or hobbies – that involve repetitive movement, especially activities that create repetitive stress in the inner aspect of the elbow, including:
These repetitive motions can put stress on your tendons and strain muscles, and over time, may lead to microscopic tears in tissue. Sudden arm or elbow injury can also sometimes cause Golfer’s Elbow. Even more rarely, people can develop the condition for no known reason, which is diagnosed as Idiopathic Golfer’s Elbow.
Pain is the most common symptom and it can come on suddenly or gradually. Tenderness usually begins on the inner side of the crook of your elbow and extends along the inner side of your forearm. It is common for your symptoms to worsen when you are playing golf or engaging in the specific activity that originally triggered the injury.
While pain and weakness are the two primary symptoms, other symptoms may include:
Our first step is to take a medical history, which will include questions about any activities that may have led to your condition. We then perform a physical exam to check for pain, swelling or stiffness in your elbow joint.
Generally, ultrasound is our preferred imaging test for diagnosis because it allows us to visualize the tendon and surrounding structures and allows us to make an accurate assessment on the severity of your injury and other potential causes for medial elbow pain.
Having it done the same day as your first visit helps us start your treatment protocol immediately.
After the ultrasound exam, we typically offer physical therapy, exercises to improve body mechanics, as well as possibly utilizing Dry Needling and Trigger Point Injections when necessary. If these methods do not help, we may try other methods, like PRP.
At the Center for Sports & Regenerative Orthopedics in Waldorf MD, we prioritize our patients’ preferences, and ultimately you make the choice. Oftentimes, we see athletes or patients who are highly active or whose jobs or lifestyles require the problem to be resolved immediately, and we move right into the more in-depth techniques like PRP or prolotherapy aiming for fast results. We also have patients who prefer simpler methods, and in those cases, we can take treatment steps one at a time to see what works, trying conservative steps with therapy which can provide strength, stability, and pain relief, but may take more time.
All our treatment methods have an excellent track record and have brought impressive results for our patients in the Waldorf MD area. For more questions about our treatment methods, speak with our experts today to see which might be the best treatment option for you.
At the Center for Sports and Regenerative Orthopedics in Waldorf, MD, our goal is to help you get back in the game of golf – and even more importantly, the game of life.
If you are ready to get back to the life you love, take the next step towards diagnosing and addressing your condition, call (240) 754-7954 or contact us online to set up a consultation with our Golfer’s Elbow specialists!