Golfer’s Elbow, or Medial Epicondylitis, is an overuse injury involving chronic inflammation of the medial collateral ligament. People suffering from golfer’s elbow typically experience pain on the inner side of the elbow but swelling does not normally occur.
If you think you may have medial epicondylitis, it is advisable that you seek out a professional medical evaluation. An examination for golfer’s elbow may include plain x-rays, a physical examination and an MRI if you do not respond to the initial treatment to make sure you do not have a ligament tear.
Treating golfer’s elbow is quite similar to treating tennis elbow, with a few differences. For example, physical therapy for golfer’s elbow will focus on the inner elbow and you may be required to wear a total elbow band. NSAIDs are often recommended and cortisone injections may be administered if you do not respond to other treatments.
If you are a tennis player suffering from medial epicondylitis, tennis racquet modifications are often recommended during the treatment process. If you need a medical evaluation for golfer’s elbow or another type of elbow pain or sports injury, call Orthopaedic Specialists at 502-212-2663 for more information or an appointment.