Medial Epicondylopathy, commonly known as Golfer’s elbow is the name given to medial elbow pain. It is characterised by pain around the inside (medial side) of the elbow, where the muscles that bend the wrist toward the palm connects to the bone.
Golfer’s elbow is usually caused by repetitive movements of the forearm muscles, but may also be caused by direct trauma such as with a fall, work injury or car accident. Golfer’s elbow is often seen in golf players (hence the name), especially when poor technique is used. However most people that present with this condition don’t actually play golf.
- Pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow that can also sometimes extend along the inner side of the forearm.
- Pain can come on suddenly or gradually.
- Your elbow may feel stiff and hurt when you make a fist with your hand.
- You may experience weakness in your hand and wrist.
- Numbness or tingling. These sensations might radiate into one or more fingers, more commonly the ring and little finger.
How can Chiropractic care help?
After performing an examination and diagnosis, Chiropractic treatment can assist in addressing some dysfunctional issues such as;
- Reducing pain.
- Enhance tissue repair by promoting circulation and healing to the area.
- Increase joint range of motion and function.
- Restore muscle strength and length.
Our Chiropractor, Dr Felicity at Body Care Health & Chiropractic will provide gentle treatment depending on the individual’s condition and underlying causes of the elbow pain. Such treatment may include soft tissue release, gentle mobilisations of the elbow and wrist joints, gentle manipulation, dry needling and muscle stretches and strengthening. Our Chiropractor may provide some take-home activities such as exercises and stretches.