Golfers elbow – What is it?
Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a tendinopathy occurring at the inner part of the elbow very close to the joint itself.
Although the term implies a sporting condition, around 90% of cases are non-sporting related. Labor intensive occupations such as carpentry and construction based work are most commonly affected.
In regards to sporting activities, it is mainly sports of throwing/swinging nature which are primarily afflicted such as tennis, baseball, golf and other overhead related sports.
How common is it?
Golfers elbow accounts for 10% – 20% of all elbow related tendinopathy and affects around 0.4% of the population. It is most common in the 45 – 65 year old age group and seems to affect women more than men.
What are the symptoms?
- Aching felt at the inner portion of the elbow in close proximity to the joint
- Pain can radiate down the inner portion of the forearm
- Pain worsens with gripping or throwing actions
How is it managed?
Conservative therapy is recommended as a first line treatment. Muscular weakness and tightness contributes to the patient’s pain complaint and often requires intervention to enhance patient outcomes.
At Black Chiropractic Group, Dr. Michael Black will perform a verbal and physical examination to rule out other causes of your symptoms. Michael in most cases will use a combination of manual therapy such as massage, joint mobilisation and appropriate rehabilitative care with the aim of reducing pain and improving function of the elbow.
For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Black at Manningham Road Chiropractic Centre and Armadale Chiropractic Centre. Private health funds cover chiropractic care and some patients qualify for a Medicare EPC referral if they have a long-standing problem.