Weightlifters (gym rats)
Baseball/ cricket players
Pain occurring at the inside of the elbow is known as medial epicondylitis, or “Golfers elbow.” It is similar to “tennis elbow” except the pain is on the inside of the elbow rather than the outside. It is typical brought on by gripping activites that require repetitive use of the wrist flexor muscles. These muscles of the forearm, run from the wrist and hand and attach on the bony inside part of the elbow.
Golfers elbow can affect people of various ages but most often occurs in people between the ages of 30-50, and usually occurs with gripping and throwing activities or activities that place the forearm in a stretched position. Weightlifters starting back up in the gym are paticularly susceptible to this elbow pain following prolonged periods of inactivity.
Golfers elbow usually occurs over time due to wear and tear of the common tendon of the forearm flexor muscle’s. Overuse of the forearm muscle’s overtime places increased stress on the muscle’s tendon, where it attaches on the inside of the elbow, resulting in degenerative changes. It is thought that these changes cause an inflammatory process at the elbow, resulting in the painful symptoms with gripping or throwing activities.
To manage “golfers elbow” your local move forward physiotherapist will assess your elbow, shoulder and neck to determine any factors that may be contributing to your injury. Following this they will prescribe you with a individualized program and treatment plan to best manage your injury and to prevent any ongoing long term pain. They will use a number of techniques throughout your rehabilitation which may include;
- Dry needling
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Heat/ Ice
- Activity/ exercise modifications, which can be shown in the gym at our hillarys Physiotherapy practice, located just next to Whitfords shopping center inside Healthy life gym.