Golfers elbow, or medial epicondylitis, much like tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), is caused by the repeated movement of the palm toward the forearm applying a strain on the inner tendons and muscles attached to the inner part of the elbow bones (wrist flexors), causing pain. If the flexors are overused, it causes inflammation. Although called golfers elbow, medial epicondylitis is however not confined to golfers. Actually, a lot of people suffer from it without ever playing golf. It is common among people over using their arm doing different activities, such as painting, raking, typing, turning doorknobs, picking something up with the palm down, even shaking hands, and can be worsened by opening a jar. The causes of golfers elbow can occur through a direct injury to the inner elbow. Sometimes when this happens, the muscles can partially tear. It can also be caused by a neck injury causing referred pain. Treatment should include rest, ice, and physiotherapy. Take the pressure off and reduce the pain – wear a support/brace. There are many different types of golfers elbow braces available. Counterforce braces are generally straps worn 1 to 3 inches below the elbow. Another style is a full elbow compression sleeve, with a strap to tighten around the forearm. The braces help reduce tension on the painful tendons. You can wear the braces either during activities that cause pain, such as golfing or throughout the day.
Consider making a no obligation appointment with one of our Certified Brace Specialists to show you the options available. Our goal is to understand your problem, educate you on non-invasive solutions and come up with a plan that will minimize your pain, maximize your mobility, and provide long term gain.
Submitted by Jen Estabrooks, Co-owner, General Manager, Soles in Motion, 133 Baker Drive, Dartmouth 902-468-7911 (solesinmotion.ca)
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