Golfer’s elbow medial epicondylitis is a painful elbow condition occurring on the inside of the elbow around the bony structures.
The muscles that extend the wrist backwards attach onto the arm bones at this point, with overuse of their tendons, muscle-tendon junctions or muscle bellies they can become inflamed.
Repetitive hand movements such as using scissors, gardening, weeding, throwing objects, repetitive lifting or manual occupations such as plumbing and brick laying can cause pain in the elbow.
It can also be caused by weakness and inflexibility in the muscles of the forearm.
What do I look for?
- Pain, usually gradual in its onset, on the inner side of the elbow either with activity or to touch.
- Pain when grasping an object.
- Pain with repetitive actions such as washing the dishes or cleaning a surface.
- Usually on your dominant arm.
- Pain may subside after a day or two, but increase again after the aggravating activity.
- Pain may be constant and interrupt sleep.
When do I see the physio?
Physios can provide accurate diagnosis and use a range of techniques, electrotherapeutic modalities and specific exercises to settle down your symptoms.
Feel free to ask any of our friendly physios about this injury.
Do I see my doctor?
If symptoms persist, your doctor may be able to assist with issues such as medication and further investigations/scans.
Your physiotherapist will advise when you need to see your doctor.