A common orthopedic condition among those who play golf, golfer’s elbow can affect nongolfers as well. Known medically as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow causes inflammation or irritation of the tendon that attaches your forearm muscles to the bony knob on the inside of your elbow.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, our award-winning orthopedic team offers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and physical therapy for golfer’s elbow on the Central Coast of California.
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Diagnosing Golfer’s Elbow at Dignity Health Central Coast
Consider the continuous swing of a golf club over many years. This type of repetitive motion, coupled with overuse, can lead to golfer’s elbow.
Whether from your love of golf or another activity, repetitive motion stresses your forearm muscles, and tendons over and over again, causing wear and tear over time. As you age, your tendons slowly weaken and become less flexible, making them more prone to stress and injury.
Your Options for Golfer’s Elbow Treatment
Most cases of golfer’s elbow respond to self-treatment with rest, ice, and over-the-counter medicines. Your Dignity Health Central Coast orthopedic doctor may recommend elbow surgery to repair severe damage to the tendons and forearm muscles.
A crucial part of preventing and treating golfer’s elbow involves strengthening your forearm muscles. Our doctors typically recommend tennis ball squeezes and wrist curls to help strengthen your forearms.
For golfers, work on slowing your golf swing to minimize the force of your arm when striking the ball. Remember, too, that all athletes should warm up before physical activity and stretch afterward.
Talk to one of our experts about other ways to prevent golfer’s elbow or other common elbow condition.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive, personalized orthopedic services, including treatment for golfer’s elbow, throughout the Central Coast.