Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that affects the outer part of the elbow and is characterized by pain and tenderness. Interestingly, this condition is not just limited to tennis players but can also affect golfers. In fact, golfers are at risk of developing tennis elbow due to the repetitive motions involved in their swings. Golfers elbow is a conditon characterized by pain on the inside of the elbow and can arise from various activities, including sports, home-based or work-related activities.
The irony of tennis elbow in golfers lies in the fact that the condition is named after a sport that is not typically associated with golf. However, the similarities between the two sports become apparent when you consider the mechanics of the golf swing. Like the tennis forehand, the golf swing requires the use of the wrist and forearm muscles, which can put a lot of strain on the elbow joint over time.
Tennis elbow in golfers typically occurs when there is repetitive microtrauma to the tendon that connects the forearm muscles to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. This can result in inflammation, pain, and weakness in the affected arm. Symptoms of tennis elbow in golfers may include:
- Pain or tenderness on the outer part of the elbow
- Weakness in the affected arm
- Stiffness or limited range of motion in the elbow joint
Fortunately, tennis elbow in golfers can be treated with a combination of rest, ice, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain. However, it is important to note that if left untreated, tennis elbow in golfers can lead to chronic pain and disability.
During the golf swing, the golfer uses a combination of wrist and forearm muscles to control the club and strike the ball. Over time, if the golfer continues to play without proper treatment, this can lead to chronic tennis elbow.
In addition to the repetitive motions of the golf swing, there are other factors that can contribute to tennis elbow in golfers. These include:
- Incorrect swing technique: Golfers who use improper technique may put extra strain on their elbow joint, leading to tennis elbow.
- Overuse: Golfers who play frequently or for extended periods of time without proper rest may be at increased risk of developing tennis elbow.
- Age: As we age, our tendons become less elastic and more prone to injury. Older golfers may be at higher risk of developing tennis elbow.
- Previous injuries: Golfers who have previously injured their elbow or have other underlying conditions that affect their elbow joint may be more likely to develop tennis elbow.
Overall, the repetitive motions of the golf swing, combined with other risk factors, can lead to tennis elbow in golfers. It is important for golfers to take steps to prevent and treat this condition, such as using proper technique, taking breaks, reviewing grip size and grip types and seeking medical attention if symptoms develop
At Physica, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries, including tennis elbow in golfers. Our team of highly trained physiotherapists can develop a customized treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals. We use a variety of techniques, such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, and dry needling, to help relieve pain and promote healing.
Please make a time to see one of our team if you are suffering from lateral elbow pain.