Golfers elbow is pain in the inner elbow which may or may not be caused by playing golf. Another name for golfers elbow is medial epicondylitis, which literally means inflammation of the medial epicondyle.
Four signs that you may be suffering from golfers elbow:
#1. You have pain or burning sensation on the bony area on the inner part of the elbow, i.e., the medial epicondyle.
#2. Your pain radiates down to the inner forearm and fingers. If the pain is long standing you may even feel it in the biceps and cervical spine.
#3. You experience pain when you spread out your fingers, bending the wrist upwards and rotation of the forearm.
#4. You may have pain when lifting everyday objects such as a glass of water or feel a lack of strength in your affected hand.
Watch the video below for some of the exercises that can be done to reduce or eliminate the pain originating from golfers elbow:
Five tips that can help to overcome the pain from golfers elbow are:
#1. Use a cold pack to ease the inflammation on the elbow and involved muscles.
#2. Take a break from the activities that trigger your pain or reduce their intensity till the pain eases off.
#3. Maintain a good posture if you spend considerable amount of time at the desk or use a computer. Try to keep your forearms fully supported. Keep your wrists in neutral by using a mousepad with wrist support or an ergonomic mouse. This keeps the elbow and wrist in neutral and thus prevents stress on these already inflamed areas.
#4. Use an elbow brace to provide support to the affected muscles. The brace will help to stabilise the affected area, thereby reducing the pain and discomfort.
#5. Check the grip on your golf club if you play golf. If the handle is too thin you will have to grip it tightly. This makes the forearm muscles work harder, leading to more pain and inflammation.
#6. An adequate warm up pre and post-exercise using the stretches shown in the video can help reduce the build-up of inflammation in the elbow.
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