Do you have golfers elbow?
Do you have golfers elbow?
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Golfer’s elbow is tendinitis of the medial epicondyle of the elbow. When you swing the club with a non-overlapping golf grip, this painful condition called Golfer’s Elbow results.
The anterior forearm contains several muscles that are involved with flexing the digits of the hand, and flexing and pronating the wrist. The tendons of these muscles come together in a common tendinous sheath, which originates from the elbow joint. In response to minor injury, or sometimes for no obvious reason at all, this point of insertion becomes inflamed.
Tendons connect muscles to bones, and when you do things like put a death grip on a golf club, and hit an entire pyramid of range balls, the muscles around your elbows often become bruised or torn. The acute pain you feel on the inside (golfer’s elbow) or outside (tennis elbow) of the joint “is a very common problem for golfers.”
First of all, reduce the pain by icing the area for 20 minutes every so often during the first few days while taking doctor-approved, anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen sodium (Aleve). Likewise, wearing a compression sleeve or brace can increase blood flow and healing agents to the area. Go easy on that arm for a few weeks. Avoid lifting heavy objects, playing golf, etc. The pain is a reminder to take a break.
If the pain doesn’t subside after a few weeks, consider a corticosteriods injection. Insurance usually covers this. Still, you should have no more than three in a lifetime. “Too many can cause tissue damage.”
Do you have golfers elbow? Other treatments to consider are low-intensity ultrasound therapy (think of it as an internal massage of an inflamed joint) or platelet-rich plasma injections. For PRP, the doctor drawns blood and spins it in a centrifuge until platelets (which contain healing agents) become concentrated. They are then injected back into the elbow. You will not be insurance coverage, usually, for this procedure.
Ultrasound costs $50 to $100 a treatment, and PRP up to $1,000. “PRP is more effective, but you usually need three shots and six weeks to recover.”
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