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Golfer’s Elbow

You do not need to play golf to experience the pain of golfer’s elbow. Also called medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow involves an injury to the tendons on the inside of the elbow. Repetitive use of these tendons can create inflammation, causing pain and weakness in the elbow, as well as affecting the hand and wrist. Ospina Medical in NYC, offers effective treatments for golfer’s elbow to relieve pain and improve overall arm, elbow, wrist and hand function.

Repetitive use or overuse of the tendons that move the wrist are usually responsible for causing golfer’s elbow. Pressure and force when gripping the hand and bending the wrist forward, common in golf, can put stress on the inner elbow tendons. Other activities include lifting or carrying heavy items by a handle, throwing a baseball or certain repetitive wrist movements in the workplace. While golfer’s elbow can heal on its own, treatment can relieve the pain and hasten recovery.

Treatment Options for Medial Epicondylitis

Tendon inflammation in the inner elbow is caused by repetitive or overuse when golfing, throwing or lifting items like suitcases. Pain usually begins in the inner elbow, progressing to pain when gripping and weakness in the wrist. While minor golfer’s elbow can recover in a few weeks, more severe deterioration of the tendons could result in several months of pain and dysfunction. Conservative treatment options include rest, ice, physical therapy, wearing a brace and using OTC medications. For more severe cases of medial epicondylitis, our interventional pain specialists may recommend steroid or interventional orthopedic therapy to reduce pain and improve healing.

If you suffer from inner elbow tenderness, wrist weakness and pain when gripping, you may have golfer’s elbow. To discuss treatment options, schedule an appointment at Ospina Medical in Manhattan. We offer effective pain management and injury treatment for medial epicondylitis.