Golfer's elbow is a common medical condition that affects the tendons of the forearm muscles. It causes pain to the muscles attached to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow, and the pain may radiate to the forearm and wrist. A golfer's elbow is similar to a tennis elbow and is characterized by tenderness and pain felt in the inner side of the elbow which may extend to the forearm. Patients also experience stiffness, numbness and tingling, and weakness.
Golfers and tennis elbow are a type of tendonitis and the most common elbow injuries among athletes. The inflammation of the tendons is caused by overuse. The inflammation can progress to partial and then full-thickness tear if not treated in time. Fortunately, golfers and tennis elbow can be treated using the conservative method. Rehab is a crucial part of recovery which sometimes may take anywhere from a couple of weeks to even months.
The rehab process
The best treatment rehab process for golfers and tennis elbow includes the following.
Exercises Stage 1: Exercises are the best way to address golfers and tennis elbow. Some of the exercises includes the 90-degree elbow bend; sit on a chair with the forearm well supported by your thighs or a table. Ensure that your wrists and hands extend past the edge of your legs or the table before you begin the exercises.
It is crucial to start these exercises with no weights and practice 1 set of 10 repetitions a day. You may slowly progress to 2 sets of 10 repetitions a day and 3 sets if your symptoms don't pose a threat. You may slowly add one-pound weight, but you must go back to 1 set of 10 repetitions, and slowly progress to 3 sets a day. You may gradually increase the weight. If you are comfortably able to do 3 sets of 90-degree elbow bend a day with 3 pounds of weight, you may proceed to the other exercises.
Exercises Stage 2: In stage 2, follow the same set of exercises with only the arms rested on the leg or a table. The elbows will be straightened.
Other Exercises:Other exercises include