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April 22, 2008

Golfer's Elbow

We're studying the forearm (antebrachium) this week, so I decided to develop a theme for the week. It only seemed appropriate to blog about an entire array of disorders that commonly occur in the upper extremity.

Medial Epicondylitis or golfer's elbow is similar to tennis elbow, except it occurs on the inside of the arm. It is considered a deceleration injury, where trauma occurs due to taking too much of the ground with the ball when you swing your golf club. Inflammation occurs at the tendons that attach to the common flexor tendon on the medial epicondyle (the bump on the inside of your elbow that houses the "funny bone").

The most common cause of golfer's elbow is sports activities, but a variety of other activities can also result in inflammation. Painting, raking, hammering, chopping wood, typing and other repetitive wrist, hand or arm movements can result in golfer's elbow as well.

The number one treatment for golfer's elbow is rest. However, ice, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgery, may be recommended. Massage can help give temporary relief, but again, administration of the massage over an inflamed area may be very painful or even contraindicated in severe cases.

So, try to avoid taking divots when you swing to hit the ball. Not only could it mess your elbow, it'll mess up your golf score, as well.

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Posted by linda at April 22, 2008 10:57 AM

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