Golfer’s Elbow

Kaweah Delta: Treating Golfer’s Elbow Locally

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain where the bony bump inside of your elbow attaches to the tendons of your forearm. Repeated reuse of these muscles results in small tears in the tendons. Over time, these tears cause pain. Physicians, partnered with Kaweah Delta, can relieve you of painful golfer’s elbow right here in Visalia.

Common Causes of Golfer’s Elbow

This condition is not limited to golfers. Any activity that involves repetitive twisting of the wrist leads to the painful condition. Common causes include:

  • Throwing sports. Javelin, football and archery may cause this condition. Bad pitching and swinging technique in softball or baseball can also cause the condition.
  • Racquet sports. Improperly using equipment and using racquets that are too heavy or small can cause injury.
  • Golf. Golfing may weaken your tendons if you swing or grip golf clubs too forcefully or incorrectly.
  • Weight training. Improper weight lifting technique may overwork your elbow tendons and muscles.

Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms

Symptoms of golfer’s elbow may appear gradually over time or suddenly. Knowing the symptoms allows better treatment of this condition. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain. You may have pain when shaking hands or flexing your wrist. Elbow pain that stretches from your wrist to the inside of your forearm is a common complaint.
  • Weak grasp. Weakness in either of your hands and wrist is often accompanied by weak grasp or trouble clenching your fist.
  • Numbness and tingling. Tingling sensations may occur in one or more of your fingers on either hand. Numbness and tingling most commonly occur on smaller fingers.
  • Stiffness. Pain when clenching your fist and stiffness in your elbow is common with this condition.

Comprehensive Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

If left untreated, golfer’s elbow may cause a permanent fixed bend in your elbow, chronic elbow pain or limited range of motion. To avoid these problems, your doctor may recommend the following treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Brace to keep the elbow immobilized
  • Icing the affected area for 15 - 20 minutes a couple of times a day
  • Cortisone and numbing medications for affected area

If your pain persists after trying all nonsurgical treatments, your physician may recommend surgery.

Schedule a consultation with your primary care doctor or click HERE for a list of specialists in your area.

In Visalia, Kaweah Delta and local orthopedic surgeons partner to provide excellent elbow treatments for patients from Visalia, Hanford, Tulare, Porterville, Fresno, Bakersfield and surrounding areas.