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Medial epicondylitis summary

Medial epicondylitis is more commonly known as golfers’ elbow, and refers to a condition resulting in pain around the inner elbow and forearm. It is common in those who engage in repetitive sporting and work tasks.

 

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What is Medial Epicondylitis?
Golfers elbow as it is more commonly known, is a condition that causes pain and swelling around the inner elbow and forearm. Overuse of the forearm’s muscles and tendons leads to inflammation and small tears, resulting in the associated pain.
What are the symptoms of Medial Epicondylitis?

A developing pain around the inner part of the lower arm, elbow and forearm is a common symptom of the condition, accompanied by tenderness and occasional swelling. Symptoms will become worse if engaging in gripping movements or rotating the forearm.

How long will my symptoms last?

The recovery time depends on the severity of your condition and how well you respond to treatment. Recovery could take from mere weeks to 6 months, so it is important to seek early treatment to prevent a long-term problem.

What is the cause of Medial Epicondylitis?

The most common cause is repetitive motion that involves rotating the forearm inwards or overuse of the muscles that pull your palm up towards your wrist. Another cause could be a direct impact to the inner elbow, although this is less common – as is the condition brought on by arthritis.

What is the treatment for Medial Epicondylitis?

The first step is to establish the cause of the problem and treat it directly, analysing movements that may be provoking the issue. Sporting activity will be assessed as will your work labour. Exercises may also be prescribed that stretch the muscles and strengthen the muscles once the pain has subsided. An elbow strap may serve as a support for your elbow during the healing process, and massage techniques will be shared to help fight the inflammation and possibility of scar tissue building up.

Why is it important for me to do prescribed exercises?

The tightness around the muscle and tendons of the elbow will require exercise to strengthen the muscles and increase your range of motion. Exercise will also help to ensure the uniform alignment of scar tissue, in turn lessening your risk of reoccurrence and ensuring your elbow regains a full movement.