Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition that causes pain on the inner side of your elbow where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the epicondyle (bone) of the elbow. Golfer’s elbow is often caused by overuse or repeated straining of the muscles. Activities such as golfing, weight lifting, hammering, racquet sports, and throwing sports can contribute to Golfer’s elbow.
Here are some ways to help reduce pain:
- The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be helpful in decreasing swelling or acetaminophen may be required for pain control in some individuals. They can be in pill form taken orally or as a topical cream that you apply to the skin of the affected area.
- RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Resting or decreasing the amount, frequency, or intensity of activities that aggravate the condition will help decrease pain. Ice elbow for 15-20 minutes at a time. Avoid over-icing! There is a possibility of ulnar nerve injury which may occur if the ice is left on too long.
- Counterforce Brace: Straps that are worn below the elbow to help reduce tension on the painful tendons.
If you are still having elbow pain after following these tips, please call our office to be seen by a physical therapist! We treat patients in the Clermont 34711 area and the Ocoee 34761 area! 855-404-6908