What is Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)?

Medial epicondylitis also more commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow/Pitcher’s Elbow is an inflammatory response due to a series of microscopic tears of the common flexor tendon and its associated muscle groups on the inside of the elbow. Medial epicondylitis can be confused with a Myofascial Trigger Point or Osteoarthritis.

It is caused from repetitive straining of the forearm tendons (most often pronator teres and flexor carpi radial muscles) attaching to the inside (medial) of the elbow. This condition is not limited to golfers or professional ball throwers, as the repetitive action of elbow use is a part of normal daily activities. For example, cooking, hammering or chopping wood, and repetitive action such as assembly line work, can lead to medial epicondylitis. This repetitive action causes microscopic tears in the ligament of the common flexor muscles of the wrist due to the continuous microtrauma.

Patients usually feel pain on the medial elbow and proximal forearm from repetitive wrist flexion and forearm pronation activities. Pain may travel up or down the inside of the forearm and is made worse with movement, a loss of grip strength and an aching feeling in the forearm can also be present. Healing takes time with this condition as tendons do not have an abundant blood supply and they rely on synovial fluid diffusion for nutrition.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as Chiropractic care which can aid in your recovery from Golfer’s Elbow. Call (02) 9639 7337 or visit our website to book an appointment now!

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