You’ve heard of Tennis’s Elbow but what about Golfer’s Elbow?
Not only is golf is a popular sport worldwide, it also one of South East Asia’s favourite social and recreational activities, suitable for People of all ages, families, business partners and friends.
This sport is a great way to keep one physically fit as it encourages walking around the course and also puts one’s mind to the test as it requires great focus as well as critical thinking.
However, just like any other sport, there are risks associated with it. Have you heard of Golfer’s Elbow?
If you’re an avid golfer or know of someone who enjoys this sport, it is important that you are aware of Golfer’s Elbow. Though do take note that Golfer’s Elbow does not just affect golfers. Individuals who enjoy racquet sports as well as weekend warriors are at risk of this condition too. So, read on to find out more!
Golfer’s elbow is a condition that causes pain on the inside of the elbow where there is an inflammation of the tendons of forearm muscles attach on the inside bony bump of the elbow. It is also called medial epicondylitis. Pain on the outside of the elbow is called tennis elbow, which is more common than golfer’s elbow. Golfer’s elbow is not limited to golfers. Badminton or tennis players and others who repeatedly use their wrists also can develop golfer’s elbow.
Golfer’s elbow is caused by damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers due to overuse. It is related to repeated or excessive stress of the muscles and tendons, like forceful wrist and finger motions. Inadequate warm up or poor conditioning during sports can lead to golfer’s elbow. Racket games, weight lifting or throwing sports are also possible causes of golfer’s elbow, if the technique is improper or over use it.
There are several signs and symptoms for you to look out for. They include:
If you suspect that you might be suffering from Golfer’s Elbow, make an appointment with an Orthopaedic expert who will be able to diagnose the condition. Your doctor may also request for a series of tests (such as X-Ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)) to assist in the diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with the condition, there are a series of treatment options available. They include:
A break from your favourite sport – golf – may be advised by your doctor. The good news is, proper rest and recovery would result in the possibility of you being able to return to your favourite sport.
There are some steps that you can take to reduce your risk of Golfer’s Elbow. They include:
Golfer’s elbow can terribly affect your quality of life. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, be sure to check-in with your doctor. Early treatment can prevent the condition from turning chronic.