Dr. Kulwicki is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving the residents of Flower Mound, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of elbow conditions such as fracture, Bursitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow etc.

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the tendons joining the forearm to the elbow. The pain is usually experienced at the bony bump situated on the inside of the elbow. The condition is not only confined to golfers but can affect tennis players and other athletes who make repetitively need to move their wrists or clasp fingers

Causes Of Golfer’s Elbow

  • Damage to the muscles or tendons that control the wrist and fingers
  • Forceful wrist and finger movements
  • Inadequate warm-up before physical activity
  • Improper lifting or throwing techniques
  • Gripping or swinging golf clubs incorrectly
  • Excessive topspin while playing racquet sports

Symptoms Of Golfer’s Elbow

  • Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow
  • Ache may extend along the inner side of the forearm
  • Stiffness in the elbow
  • Difficulty making a fist
  • Weakness in hand and wrist
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in one or more fingers
  • Pain worsens with specific activities such as shaking hand or flexing the wrist.

Diagnosis Of Golfer’s Elbow

The orthopedic doctor may diagnose Golfer’s Elbow by conducting a thorough physical examination and analyzing the patient’s medical history. He may apply Pressure to the affected area to check the extent of pain and stiffness. The patient may also be asked to move the elbow, wrist and fingers in various directions. Imaging tests such as X-Rays may be conducted to rule out other causes of elbow pain.

Treatment For Golfer’s Elbow

Non-surgical treatment

  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed by the doctor to relieve pain and inflammation. Corticosteroid injections may also be administered if the pain is severe.
  • Rest: Taking complete rest is recommended before the pain totally subsides. Carrying on with repetitive activities can worsen the condition.
  • Ice packs: Application of ice packs may also help in reducing swelling and providing relief from pain.
  • Exercises: Stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended by the orthopedic doctor to treat chronic tendon irritation.
  • Brace: The patient may be recommended to wear a brace on the affected arm to reduce strain. An elastic bandage or a splint may also be used to support the elbow.

Surgical treatment

Surgery is usually not required to treat Golfer’s elbow but may be required if non-surgical options do not provide relief.

For diagnosis and treatment of Golfer’s Elbow, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic doctor in Flower Mound, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.