Do I have golfer’s elbow?
The most obvious sign of golfer’s elbow is pain when resisting finger and wrist flexion or performing tasks that involve gripping. Elbow movements will be pain-free however it will hurt to grip.
Pain can also be felt when the muscles in the elbow are overstretched and tenderness may be present in the bony epicondyle. Some golfer’s elbow sufferers might also experience stiffness and tenderness in the neck, as well as signs of nerve irritation.
What causes golfer’s elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is typically related to repeated or excess stress, especially forceful finger and wrist motions. Improper hitting, swinging, lifting, as well as poor conditioning and lack of warming up, can lead to golfer’s elbow. Inflammation typically follows this injury, leading to elbow pain and swelling.
Can physiotherapy treat golfer’s elbow?
Accurate diagnosis by a qualified Sports Focus practitioner is important in determining the most appropriate treatment for golfer’s elbow. We can accurately assess and identify the cause of your elbow pain. Once your physio has established the pain source, they can then discuss how to manage your condition and return to optimal health.
Your golfer’s elbow physiotherapy treatment may involve some hands-on physiotherapy. We may also use other modalities including ultrasound and ice. Your physio will also take you through exercises that will help you strengthen the forearms. This can help relieve pain as well as condition the tendon to take on extra loads.