What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Medial epicondylitis, also known as Golfer’s Elbow, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the tendons that are located along the inner (medial) portion of the elbow. These tendons attach to the medial epicondyle, a bony prominence on the humerus (upper arm bone) on the inside of the elbow. The pain and inflammation associated with this condition are caused by microtears in the forearm muscles as a result of repetitive use. As the name suggests, golfers and other athletes that participate in racket sports are most at risk of developing epicondylitis. Dr. Answorth A. Allen, orthopedic shoulder specialist serving patients in Manhattan, New York City, Westchester, Long Island and surrounding areas, has the knowledge and understanding, as well as substantial experience in treating patients who have experienced Golfer’s Elbow.

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What are the symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow?

A common complaint of Golfer’s Elbow is pain and tenderness located on the inside of the affected elbow. Other symptoms include:

  • Elbow stiffness
  • Hand and wrist weakness
  • Numbness and/or tingling that radiates to one or more fingers

Pain from Golfer’s Elbow may occur suddenly or gradually worsen over time with repeated movements. Pain may worsen with the following activities:

  • Lifting weights
  • Turning a doorknob
  • Flexing the wrist
  • Shaking hands
  • Swinging a golf club or racket

How is Golfer’s Elbow diagnosed?

Dr. Allen will obtain a comprehensive medical history and physical examination. Diagnostic testing, including x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be requested to identify damage to any other structures within the elbow joint.

What is the treatment for Golfer’s Elbow?

Non-surgical treatment:

Medial epicondylitis can be treated successfully with conservative therapy alone. A combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation can significantly reduce symptoms by limiting activity while the injury is healing. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be used for pain management. In some cases, physical therapy may provide some benefit to patients with lingering symptoms.

Surgical treatment:

Golfer’s Elbow rarely requires surgery; but, for patients that experience more severe symptoms, or when conservative therapy is unsuccessful, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Allen surgically repairs medial epicondylitis through an open surgical approach as there is no minimally invasive surgical option. In an open surgical procedure, a slightly larger incision is created to visualize the entire elbow while making the necessary revisions. Specialized surgical instruments are utilized to reattach a torn tendon back to the medial epicondyle.

Golfer’s Elbow Specialist

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylities, is a condition where the tendons in the elbow become inflamed from frequent, repetitive use. This condition can be treated with conservative therapies such as ice and rest,but more severe cases may require surgery. Elbow surgeon Doctor Answorth Allen is experienced in providing diagnosis and treatment for patients in Manhattan, New York City, Westchester, Long Island and surrounding areas who have sustained an injury to the elbow. To restore your range of motion, contact Dr. Allen’s team today!