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Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Definition:

Medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) is inflammation at the point where the tendons of the forearm attach to the bony prominence of the inner elbow.

Causes:
This tendon can become strained in a golf swing or similar repetitive motions.
Symptoms:

Golfer’s elbow is characterized by local pain and tenderness over the inner elbow. The range of motion of the elbow is preserved because the inner joint of the elbow is not affected. Activities which require twisting or straining the forearm tendon can cause pain and worsen the condition.

Treatment:
  • Icing and resting the elbow
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Local corticosteroid (cortisone) injections are sometimes given for severe inflammation
  • Using a strap or brace can prevent reinjury
  • Physical therapy, with a gradual rehabilitation exercise program

Following the return to usual activity, it is helpful to ice the elbow to avoid recurrent inflammation.

Elbow pain may be caused by tendinitis, bursitis, fractures, sprains, arthritis, cellulitis, tumors, and ulnar nerve entrapment.
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