Golfer’s Elbow: Don’t Let Pain Stop your Game

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is an elbow pain caused by repetitive strain of the a9amuscles from the palm to the flexor muscles of the inner elbow.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain on the inner side of your elbow which may travel up the inner forearm. Pain may be worsened by golf, tennis, shaking hands, opening up a door, flexing wrist
  • Stiffness. May be hard to make a fist.
  • Weakness in your hands and wrists.
  • Numbness or tingling in one or more fingers — usually the ring and little fingers.

Treatment

Allopathic treatment for Golfer’s Elbow typically includes cessation of repetitive activity, ice, physical therapy, OTC like motrin, cortisone injections, and sometimes surgery.

Acupuncture Treatment

  • Acupuncture decreases pain and inflammation, two major problems with this condition
  • Research is sparse in this area, but one recent study from China (Zhang, Zhang & Liu, 2011) used MRI technology to look at elbow injuries pre- and post- acupuncture treatments in 34 athletes compared to a control group. Results found that the acupuncture group reported fewer elbow symptoms post treatment compared to the control group.  MRIs showed less elbow effusion and reduced bone marrow edema in the acupuncture group.

Self Help: Acupressure

Rest is generally the best medicine but acupressure can help support your acupuncture between treatments. Click here to watch a YouTube instructional video http://youtu.be/0WVprrDZieU

 Reference: 
ZHANG, W., ZHANG, Y., & LIU, H. (2011). Comparative study of the effect of acupuncture on chronic sport injury of elbow in athletes with magnetic resonance imaging. Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2, 015.