Medial Epicondylitis & Golfer’s Elbow Treatment  In Fort Myers, FL

Is Rest The Only Cure For Golfer’s Elbow?

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We See A Steady Stream Of Patients Complaining Of Golfer’s Elbow…

We See A Steady Stream Of Patients Complaining Of Golfer’s Elbow…

After all this is Fort Myers, Florida and we have no less than 88 golf courses within a twenty-mile radius.

You may know by now that your painful elbow has a formal name. It’s called medial epicondylitis. This very specific pain can be caused by several things and goes by multiple names, as you’ll see.

But if your doctor tells you there’s only one way to treat this common condition, think again. Because you may be sitting on the sidelines unnecessarily.

So, Is Rest The Only Effective Treatment For Golfer’s Elbow?

The short answer is no. Rest is NOT the only treatment. Nor is it the fastest way to get back out on the course.  

And let’s face it…you’re probably not going to sit home on the couch anyway.  You want to play the game you love pain or no pain.  Indefinite rest is not something you’re willing to tolerate!

But let’s take a step back for a minute…

The more you know about this condition, the less likely it is to disrupt your lifestyle.

Here’s what you should know:

What Are The Symptoms Of Golfer’s Elbow?

No. 1 is pain.  This pain and tenderness are centered around the bump on the inside of the elbow and can radiate down the arm. 

It often gets worse doing certain movements such as:

  • Making a fist
  • Flexing the wrist towards your forearm
  • Grabbing heavy objects
  • Grabbing thick objects that require the hand to open wide

You may also experience numbness or tingling that runs the length of the arm and into the fingertips; usually the ring and little finger.

Along with the pain, your elbow can feel very stiff.  When golfer’s elbow flares up, even making a fist can be painful.  It’s not unusual to feel tightness in the elbow joint, causing you to move more slowly and gingerly.

One of the more frustrating symptoms of golfer’s elbow is muscle weakness.  Not being able to lift or hold onto objects you would normally not think twice about can try your patience.  This symptom may be the one that pushes you to seek treatment.

After all, having difficulty grabbing or holding onto a golf club can put a quick halt to your favorite activity!

When golfer’s elbow is at it’s worst, it’s not uncommon to drop heavier or awkward items.  

If your condition worsens, you will notice swelling and redness in the elbow.  The entire area can be very tender to touch and throbbing can become a major distraction.

Why Is Medial Epicondylitis So Prevalent?

As it turns out, the elbow is a pretty complex joint…even if we don’t think about it that way.

The powerful tendons that move the forearm, wrist, and fingers all meet at the elbow.  If that wasn’t enough, the large muscles of the upper arm—the triceps and biceps—cross the joint from above. 

This means a lot is going on in there!  

The muscles of the upper arm usually don’t cause many problems, but the complex movements required of the wrist and fingers make this attachment point more of an issue.

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What Are Some Of The Common Causes Or “Triggers” For Golfer’s Elbow?

So how did you get golfer’s elbow in the first place?

On many occasions, the activity of golf itself is the obvious culprit.

If you suddenly increase the number of balls you hit at the driving range or increase the frequency of your sessions there, the resulting increase in volume can trigger inflammation in the elbow.

This falls under the category of “repetitive use” injury.

Another source of repetitive use injury could be a job requirement that forces you to do the same movement over and over again. This could be an elbow rotation or grabbing and pulling movement.

Golfer’s elbow can also be caused by a forceful contraction involving the elbow, wrist, or even fingers such as lifting an excessive amount of weight.

Another common trigger for golfer’s elbow can be trauma.

Every golfer has had the experience of taking a swing at a ball off the fairway only to discover too late that there was a rock or tree root hidden from view. The shock of this impact can shot up the arm and jolt the elbow to the point of injury.

Hitting the ground with too much force a few times in a round can also start the pain cycle.golfers elbow treatment fort myers

This plays into a common cause of golfer’s elbow which is related to poor swing technique or poor equipment choices. Correcting technique and getting fitting for the proper clubs can take a significant amount of tension off of this troublesome joint.

Sports requiring a lot of throwing can also cause a golfer’s elbow. This includes baseball, football, and throwing the javelin in track and field.

While not golf-specific, if you participate in these sports in addition to playing golf, you may be setting yourself up.

One cause of this injury that is easily overlooked is the lack of a proper warm-up.

As we mentioned, the tendon and ligaments of the elbow are fairly complex. If you hop out of the car, run to the first tee, and start taking big swings without warming up the wrist, elbows, shoulders, and everything else required for a smooth swing, you’re begging for injury!

Always allow enough time to loosen up. If you’re tight at the first tee, there’s a natural tendency to swing using “all arms” which is another path of golfer’s elbow.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Seek Our Help For Golfer’s Elbow?

Most people immediately take over-the-counter pain relievers when golfer’s elbow initially strikes.  This makes sense.  However, relying on these pain relievers for the long-term can be a health concern.

Therefore, if you take pain relievers and they don’t put an end to your pain, you should give us a call.

If you can’t bend your elbow or if your elbow is inflamed or looks very swollen, it is recommended you give us a call.  

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What Are The Most Common Treatments For Medial Epicondylitis?

Now that we know the causes and symptoms of golfer’s elbow, what can you do about it?

We’ve already talked about rest. If you don’t mind putting the clubs away for a while, that could help, but if you’re eager to get back out there, here’s are just some of the pieces of the plan we’ll put together for you.

Specialized flexibility work

Specialized strength work

Proper recovery planning

Ultrasound

Laser therapy

Massage therapy

Dry Needling

Active Release Technique

All of these tools, used as part of a complete treatment plan, will dramatically accelerate your recovery…getting you pain-free and back on the course ASAP!

As we know, every person is unique. As a result, your recovery planning has to be built around you, your lifestyle, your strengths, and your limitations…everything.

If you need golfer’s elbow physical therapy in the Fort Myers area we need to talk.

We understand golf and the golfer’s mindset.

We want to get you back out there as quickly and safely as possible.

We invite you to call us right away to set up a free consultation or to make an appointment.

Our expert staff will work with you and your physician to design the right plan for you!

You can reach us at 239-610-4945

Don’t spend another round in pain or being left behind at the clubhouse.

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