Many articles are written in such a way that you are led to believe that Golfers Elbow & Tennis Elbow are the same, but, this is not the case. (See diagram below). However they are very similar , both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles of the forearm leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow joint.
Both Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow, are forms of Tendonitis. Click Here to read more about Tennis Elbow
Both these conditions can be sports related (as their name suggests), but I see more of these cases in non-sports people.
Causes of Golfers Elbow
- Sudden trauma or blow to the elbow
- Repetitive stress to the flexor muscles and tendons in the wrist.
- Repetitive stress placed on the arm during the accelerator motion in throwing motion.
- Other general/ chronic issues e.g. neck problems, rheumatism, arthritis or gout.
What happens if you ignore it?
If rested properly Golfers Elbow can generally be alleviated. however, it can cause increasing pain if the repetative motion continues. Golfers Elbow rarely requires surgery and responds well to treatment.
What can Maga Therapy suggest or do for you?
The most effective conventional and alternative treatments for these conditions are:
- Rest the arm until the pain disappears.
- Massage to relieve stress and tension in the muscles.
- Warming up & stretching the wrist in the mornings and stretching during the day will further help. (CLICK HERE for Tennis Elbow/ Golfers Elbow Stretch)
- Exercise to strengthen the area and prevent re-injury.
- Take frequent breaks.
- For most mild to moderate cases aspirin or paracetamol will help relieve pain or ibuprofen Magnesium may prove very useful….. read more
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