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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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:
Chronic Golfer's Elbow can happen when: