Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is characterised by shooting pains around the inner elbow and down the forearm, making it difficult to grip objects. A form of tendonitis, the condition begins as an inflammation of the flexor tendons of the forearm, as they attach to the upper arm. Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, which affects the outside of the arm, but only affects the inside of the arm.
Golfer’s elbow is commonly caused by tissue inflammation resulting from repetitive gripping activities, and despite the name it does not just affect golfers. In fact, this painful condition is most often associated with work-related activities such as hammering, digging, playing certain types of musical instruments and driving, as well as various sports.
Treatment can include one or more of the following:
- Shock wave therapy
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Corticosteroid injections
- Surgery – if symptoms persist
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