Golfer’s elbow, formally known as medial epicondylitis, is similar to tennis elbow except that it affects the other side of the elbow. The primary symptom is pain at the inside of the elbow (i.e., the medial epicondyle) which can increase with the flexing of the wrist, and can also radiate down the forearm.
Golfer’s elbow is caused by overuse of the wrist flexors (which pull the hand down), which can result in small tears in the flexor tendon (which attaches to the medial epycondile). The end result is inflammation and pain. As the tendon heals, scar tissue can form.
Golfer’s elbow is also known as Little League elbow.
Treatment: Discontinue activities that cause the pain. Following the R.I.C.E. treatment regimen is known to be helpful in reducing pain and swelling. Anti-inflammatory medications might also be helpful. In chronic cases, a cortisone injection might relieve the pain/discomfort.
Physical therapists may be ble to use ultrasound to help heal the damage. They should also be able to prescribe strength and flexibility exercises. In some cases, a wrist brace or splint might be required. If non-surgical forms of treatment do not solve the problem, surgery might be recommended — seek the opinion of a medical specialist.