Has spending too much time on the fairways lead to elbow pain? Medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow, occurs from inflammation to the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the bony knob on the inside of your elbow.
Even if you have never swung a golf club, you can develop golfer’s elbow. This common elbow condition is the result of using the same arm motions and clenching your fingers over and over again.
At Dignity Health Central California, our orthopedic doctors extend compassionate care to treat a wide range of elbow problems caused by injuries and chronic inflammation. If you would like to meet with a specialist for golfer’s elbow treatment in Central California, Find a Doctor today.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s elbow symptoms can include:
- Pain and tenderness
- Joint stiffness
- Mild swelling
- Tingling or numbness below the elbow
- Weakness or tightness in the forearms
Effective Golfer’s Elbow Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
When you grip a golf club and swing, you use certain muscles and tendons in your arm. After years of golf, throwing a ball, or similar activity, you can develop elbow pain. Your forearm may become weak or tight, making it hard to clench your fingers or make a fist.
The goal of treatment is to relieve your pain so you can get back to your favorite golf course, pitching mound, or day-to-day activities.
The good news is that most cases of golfer’s elbow respond well to rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines. If your tendons and forearm muscles have severe damage, your doctor may recommend elbow surgery for tendonitis.
Your Dignity Health Central California doctor also will provide golfer’s elbow exercises to strengthen your forearm muscles. Wrist curls, tennis ball squeezes, and reverse wrist curls commonly help restore movement. If you do golf, slowing down your swing will decrease the force on your arm when the club hits your golf ball. Stretching before all sports and activities aways is a good idea as well.
For tips on preventing golfer’s elbow or treating your elbow pain, schedule an appointment at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California offers treatment for golfer’s elbow in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.