wHAT IS GOLFER’S ELBOW?
Golfer’s elbow is a common condition among athletes that affects the medial epicondyle of the humerus. It is usually described as pain on the inside of the elbow that limits elbow flexion or other movements of muscles that originates from the medial epicondyle of the humerus. Medial epicondyle of the Humerus is the bony part of your elbow that tendons of the wrist flexor muscles start their journey down to the wrist. The pain can be felt on the elbow, forearm, and wrist. It is a common Tendonitis just similar to the Tennis elbow, it is most common among athletes, especially golfers, but can affect other individuals who overuse their wrist flexor muscles and tendons. It can be seen as the result of overuse or general wear and tear in non-athletes.
gOLFER’S ELBOW SYMPTOMS
- Pain, burning sensation or tenderness
- Limited range of motion, and weakness
- Shooting pain that goes down to the wrist
- Inability to do tasks that require flexion of the wrist
Activities that trigger golfer’s elbow
- Playing golf and archery
- Throwing sports like baseball
- Racquet sports like tennis
- Weight lifting
- Repetitive occupational movements
What should I do?
First, visit your family doctor and start your treatment under their supervision.
Osteopathy for golfer’s elbow treatment
Osteopathy is a non-pharmacological, non-invasive manual medicine. A manual osteopath can reduce inflammation, and can strengthen weak muscles. They can help the body recover faster by applying gentle techniques that bring more blood circulation to the area. blood circulation is an essential part of recovery as they bring nutrients and sweep the damaged particles away. Manual osteopaths can use mobilization and muscle energy techniques to empower your injured myofascial unit and ease its tensions. Osteopathy helps your body to recover faster and you can get back to your favorite activities sooner. As a manual osteopath in Vancouver, I have seen a lot of patients suffering from the Golfer’s elbow. Most of them were able to pursue their favorite activities after a few sessions, however, the injury was more severe in a small percentage of them that required osteopathy sessions.