Golfer’s Elbow Physiotherapy Treatment

Golfer’s elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, Medial Epicondylalgia or Medial elbow pain.

A Golfer’s Elbow is a repetitive strain injury to the wrist and forearm flexor muscles. It can occur when the muscles and tendons in the forearm are overloaded. The repetitive movements can cause inflammation and irritation in your tendons and joints, resulting in pain.

Golfer’s Elbow Treatment in Langley

Opal Physiotherapy and Health Clinic in Langley has been providing rehab services to people in pain for many years. Our physiotherapist can help you recover from Golfers Elbow using a tailored program to help you return to your everyday activities. Our physiotherapy team is committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Golfer's Elbow Treatment

What causes Golfer’s Elbow?

A golfer’s elbow is not just common among people who play golf but can also occur among those who use their hands to do work such as painting, manual labour, pitchers, etc. It usually occurs after repeated wrist, forearm, and elbow motions. For example, forceful gripping and twisting movements during activities can cause medial elbow pain. The pain is often felt when lifting objects while turning the palm up.

The pain typically starts at the inner side of the elbow and moves towards the outside. There is usually a stiffness in this area, and sometimes swelling can be seen. The pain may also spread up to the lower forearm and wrist. It may worsen with lifting heavy objects or gripping tightly on one’s handgrip.

Golfer’s Elbow-risk factors:

Golfer’s elbow is a condition that affects the tendons inside the elbow.

The following are risk factors for a golfer’s elbow:

  • Repetitive or excessive wrist, elbow and forearm motions during work or sports like tennis, racquetball, baseball or softball, weight training and occupations like construction, plumbing, and carpentry.
  • Improper technique and equipment in sports.
  • Weak shoulder and wrist muscles.
  • Frequent use of hand tools like axes, chain saws, jackhammers
  • Poor posture.
  • Obesity.
  • Age over 40 years old
  • Smoking

 The repetitive gripping, twisting, and flexing motions involved in these activities can lead to small tears and inflammation of the tendons attaching to the medial epicondyle of the elbow. Proper technique, equipment, conditioning, and rest periods are essential for injury prevention.

Golfer’s Elbow – symptoms:

The symptoms of a golfer’s elbow are:

  • Pain and soreness inside the elbow, with the pain usually starting gradually and increasing in intensity over time.
  • The pain is reported with activities involving your wrist and hand, like lifting, twisting, rotating and gripping your hand motions.
  • Stiffness in the elbow.
  • Swelling.

General management of Golfer’s Elbow?

  • Non Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Massage.
  • Bracing.
  • Cortisone injections.
  • Exercises.
  • Physiotherapy Treatment.
Golfer's Elbow Physiotherapy Treatment In Langley

Physiotherapy treatment for Golfer’s Elbow In Langley

If you are struggling with pain in your elbow, you may have a Golfer’s Elbow. At Opal Physiotherapy, we provide a range of treatments for different injuries, including the golfer’s elbow.

Our treatment approach includes:

  • A comprehensive assessment to identify the cause of pain in your elbow.
  • We educate patients on their condition, treatment options, and self-management strategies. This empowers you to take an active role in your recovery.
  • We may use modalities like heat, ice, laser or ultrasound to help manage pain and inflammation. However, exercise is the foundation of our treatment.
  • Tissue release to improve muscle flexibility.
  • Taping technique to reduce pressure and relieve pain.
  • Mobilization techniques to reduce pain.
  • A personalized exercise plan to strengthen your elbow and improve mobility. This typically includes eccentric exercises to help heal the tendon.
  • We progressively increase the demands on your elbow through your exercise program. Managing load is vital to recovery from tendinopathies like golfer’s elbow.

Physiotherapists at Opal are trained to assess limitations in range of motion, muscle strength, and movement patterns contributing to the golfer’s elbow and provide the appropriate treatment.

We aim to help you return to normal activities and reach your goals. Our physiotherapists will provide hands-on care, guidance, and accountability throughout your treatment. We are committed to partnering with you on your recovery from Golfers Elbow.

Are you ready to change your elbow pain and get back to life?  Give us a call at 604-532-7887 or Contact Us.