- Rest: The first step in treating golfer’s elbow is to rest the affected arm and avoid activities that worsen the pain. This gives the tendons time to heal.
- Ice therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area for about 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day, can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Compression: Wearing an elbow brace or bandage can provide support and help alleviate symptoms by reducing strain on the tendons.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can help reduce pain and inflammation. However, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional before taking any medication.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist can teach you specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the forearm muscles, improving flexibility and reducing strain on the tendons. They may also use techniques like ultrasound or massage to promote healing.
- Steroid injections: In some cases, a corticosteroid injection may be recommended to reduce inflammation and provide short-term pain relief. However, these injections are usually used when other conservative treatments have failed.
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT): This non-invasive procedure uses shock waves to stimulate healing in the affected area and has shown some promising results in treating golfer’s elbow.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: PRP involves injecting a concentrated solution of your own blood platelets into the affected area to promote healing. This therapy is still being studied, but some evidence suggests it may be effective for certain cases of golfer’s elbow.
Facing Golfers Elbow? Read below to find out more on what you can do.
Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the inside of the elbow. It is commonly caused by repetitive or excessive stress on the tendons, resulting in small tears and subsequent inflammation. While it is named after golfers, it can occur in anyone who repeatedly uses their wrist or clenches their fingers.
There are several treatments available for golfer’s elbow, and they aim to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Here are some common approaches:
It’s important to note that the severity of the condition can vary, and treatment approaches may differ from person to person. It’s best to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or physical therapist, who can evaluate your specific situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
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Dr Ananda Vella
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orthopaedics & Trauma)