Golfer’s elbow is a painful inflammation of the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the elbow bones. Despite its name, the condition is not confined to avid golfers; it can result from any type of repetitive stress on the hand, wrist, or forearm. In addition to golf, common activities that could lead to this type of injury include pitching, bowling, playing tennis, raking, painting, and using a hand tool such as a hammer or screwdriver.
If you have elbow pain, you can receive the specialized care you need at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Riverton, Wyoming. Our qualified team of sports injury doctors offers progressive, individualized treatments for golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee, and a broad spectrum of other musculoskeletal conditions.
How Does Golfer’s Elbow Develop?
The elbow is a complex joint with a wide range of motion. If the tough bands of tissue that connect the elbow bones to the surrounding muscles are overstressed, symptoms such as weakness, stiffness, pain, and spontaneous lockage may result. If left untreated, golfer’s elbow can lead to complications, including chronic pain, a limited range of motion, and a permanent bend in the elbow.
How Is Golfer’s Elbow Treated?
Treatment for golfer’s elbow can take many different forms. Following a thorough examination of the affected area, which may include an X-ray to rule out other conditions such as a fracture or arthritis, your physician at Premier Bone & Joint Centers may suggest a regimen of rest, ice applications, physical therapy, and possibly cortisone injections. Golfer’s elbow is often responsive to conservative treatment, but minimally invasive arthroscopic elbow surgery may be considered to address severe to persistent symptoms.
Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule an appointment with an elbow doctor at our state-of-the-art satellite clinic in Riverton, WY, where we treat golfer’s elbow and many other orthopedic conditions.