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Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis, commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow, is a condition characterized by pain and inflammation in the tendons that attach to the medial epicondyle on the inside of the elbow. Similar to Tennis Elbow, but less common, Golfer’s Elbow is not confined to golfers. It affects people who engage in repetitive wrist and arm motions.

Causes and Symptoms

This condition arises from overusing the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip, rotate your arm, and flex your wrist. Repetitive flexing, gripping, or swinging can lead to pulls or tiny tears in the tendons. Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow include pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow, stiffness in the elbow, weakness in the hands and wrists, and numbness or tingling in one or more fingers (usually the ring and little fingers).

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and a review of the patient’s medical history. Sometimes, imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs are used to rule out other conditions.

Treatment generally starts with conservative methods: rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen. A brace to reduce strain on the injured tendons and physical therapy exercises can also be beneficial. If these treatments don’t bring relief, more invasive options like steroid injections or surgery may be considered.

Prevention and Management

To prevent Golfer’s Elbow, it’s important to strengthen and stretch the forearm muscles, use proper form and technique in sports and activities, and avoid excessive strain on the muscles and tendons of the forearm.

Medial Epicondylitis is a condition that responds well to early and proactive management. Proper treatment and modifications in activities can effectively alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence, allowing individuals to continue their active lifestyles.