Sharp Pain in Elbow? How to help Golfers Elbow

sharp pain in elbow. Pain on the inside of the elbow can cause a lot of discomfort and limit your activities. Our trained myotherapists can help treat this for you.

Golfer's Elbow - Reducing Elbow Pain from Medial Epicondylalgia – Golfer’s Elbow Therapy

If you are suffering from a sharp pain in your elbow you may have Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylalgia). This is a common RSI (repetitive strain injury) to the muscles that flex the wrist and fingers. People with Golfer’s Elbow symptoms usually Google "sharp pain in elbow" or "inner elbow pain".

The injury and pain occurs on the bony prominence (Medial Epicondyle) on the inside of the elbow where the forearm muscles attach.

What are Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms?

Typically - Golfer’s Elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow joint and forearm when performing gripping tasks, or resisting wrist/finger flexion. Pain usually occurs when the muscles are stretched - extending the fingers and wrist. The sharp pain in elbow, is felt at the anchor point of the muscles - the tendon -which attaches to the bony part of the elbow.  Usually there will also be tender spots in the central part of the muscle known as " triggerpoints" in the flexor muscles and triceps.

Gripping will provoke sharp pain in elbow joint and the muscles close to the elbow and forearm such as the triceps.

It is not uncommon for people with Golfers Elbow symptoms to have neck pain and tenderness - as well as irritation of the median nerve of the forearm. 

What are the risk factors for Golfer's Elbow?

The primary risk factor for Golfer's Elbow is performing an unaccustomed task repetitively.  The collagen fibres of the tendon become unstable after an initial "overload moment" and this begins a process of increasing irritability.  Repetitive tasks make this irritability worse.  As soon as the sharp pain in the elbow is apparent – it’s time to see your Myotherapist for Golfers Elbow therapy.

How is pain on the inside of your  elbow treated?

Golfer’s Elbow Therapy - Brisbane Myotherapy

Myotherapy or MST has been shown to be effective in the management and recovery of Golfer's elbow and inner elbow pain by:

  • Reducing pain and sensitivity.
  • Strengthening the tissues.
  • Improving the range of motion and function of the elbow.
  • Reduction of neck impingement that is masking as or exacerbating Golfer's Elbow symptoms.
  • Restoring confidence in the challenged joint.

How will a Myotherapist perform Golfer’s Elbow therapy?

Comprehensive assessment and identifying risk factors for Golfers Elbow is critical and informs us which modalities to employ and when:

Soft tissue work such as deep tissue massage and cupping 

  • Dry needling and Electro needling
  • Joint mobilisations and tractions
  • Kinesio-tape and Rocktape
  • Corrective exercise

How long will it take to fix my Golfer’s Elbow symptoms?

Early stage tendinopathy (less than 3 months) will usually respond to treatment within 6-12 weeks.  More advanced tendinopathies (3 months onward) can take up to 6 months to become symptom free.  Corrective Exercise has been shown to be the most effective way of reducing pain in elbow joint and Golfer's Elbow symptoms.  Myotherapy has numerous methods of relieving painful Golfer’s Elbow symptoms so that you can perform your exercises with confidence and get back to doing what matters to you quickly.

Article By Roger Morelli - Brisbane Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist

Common Golfer's Elbow Causes include:

  • Weakness in the forearms, biceps and triceps 
  • compression of the tendon
  • Excessive gripping or wringing activities - tool use, computer games, data entry.
  • Unaccustomed activities that utilise the hands and forearms such as Golf, painting, mechanical work, typing and excessive unaccustomed driving.

Chronic Golfer's Elbow can happen when:

  • the tendon is in poor health
  • in the aging tendon (usually from 30 upward)
  • the elbow is forced to compress against a surface - common in massage therapists and truck drivers

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