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Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) Surgery Treatment

The inner elbow tendons are necessary for bending the elbow, gripping and lifting items. When these tendons become inflamed due to overuse or exertion, it can restrict movement and cause intense elbow pain. This condition, medial epicondylitis, often affects golfers due to repetitively gripping and bending the arm to swing a golf club, which is why it has the nickname “golfer’s elbow.” Jonathan L. Glashow, MD and his medical team offer golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) treatment at our orthopedic clinic in Miami, FL.

Medial epicondylitis occurs when the inner tendons of the forearm are strained. These tendons connect the elbow bones to the wrist and hand, providing function when gripping handles or other items. They also get a workout when you lift items, especially with your palm facing upward. Golfers are not the only ones to experience medial epicondylitis – many racket sports can have similar stress on the inner elbow. Plus, many occupations like construction or manufacturing jobs can exert pressure on the elbow.

Symptoms of Medial Epicondylitis

Golfer’s elbow symptoms can come on slowly or suddenly become very painful. Many patients complain that their inner elbow pain and weakened grip have become intolerable, impacting their ability to play sports or perform their job. Symptoms you may experience if you have medial epicondylitis may include:

  • Soreness in the inner elbow area after playing golf/racket sports or lifting
  • Weakness in the wrist and hand when gripping
  • Pain when gripping handles, doorknobs or other items
  • Discomfort when bending or straightening the arm
  • Pins and needles feeling in one of more fingers

There are non-surgical orthopedic treatments that can be used to relieve pain and restore strength to the wrist, hand and elbow. In extreme cases, surgery may be needed for golfer’s elbow.

If you have inner elbow and forearm pain when gripping or lifting, you may be experiencing golfer’s elbow symptoms. For diagnosis and treatment options, contact the office of Jonathan L. Glashow, MD. Call our orthopedic clinic in Miami, FL, to schedule an exam and consultation to determine the best treatment for your elbow pain.

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