Medial Epicondylitis/Golfer’s Elbow

Medial Epicondylitis/Golfer’s Elbow

What Is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow is a disease process that results in the degeneration of the tendons that attach to the inside (medial) aspect of the elbow. These tendons attach to the muscles that flex your wrist. Golfer’s elbow is typically caused by overuse activities such as repetitive gripping and heavy lifting.

What Are The Symptoms?

Pain is located on the inside of your elbow. The pain may radiate into your forearm. The symptoms may worsen with heavy lifting and grasping/gripping objects. With golf, this most commonly occurs in the dominant elbow.

How Is It Treated?

The majority of patients with golfer’s elbow will get better with conservative treatments but it may take a few months for the symptoms to resolve. It is important to follow the prescribed treatment plan recommended by your physician. Each treatment plan is individualized and may include the following:

  • Activity modification/Rest
  • Ice 
  • Over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol 
  • Golfer’s elbow strap
  • Cortisone injection
  • PRP Injection
  • Physical therapy 

When Is Surgery Recommended? 

Surgery is indicated when all conservative treatments have failed and pain continues to interfere with activity. Surgical options for golfer’s elbow include the TENEX procedure and outpatient mini-open repair which requires about 30 minutes.  Drs. Silas, Bak and Moore all treat this problem regularly and can guide your treatment toward the least invasive and most effective option for you.