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Golfer's Elbow Treatment: Physiotherapy for Pain Relief

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Golfer's Elbow Treatment: Physiotherapy for Pain Relief

Golfer's elbow, medically known as medial epicondylitis, is a common condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow. Despite its name, this condition doesn't exclusively afflict golfers; it can affect anyone who repeatedly uses their wrists or clenches their fingers, such as tennis players, carpenters, painters, and even individuals who engage in repetitive computer work.

What Causes Golfer's Elbow?

The primary cause of golfer's elbow is overuse or repetitive stress on the tendons that attach to the medial epicondyle of the elbow. This constant strain can result in micro trauma to the tendon, leading to pain, inflammation, and sometimes, degeneration. Activities involving gripping, lifting, or throwing can exacerbate the condition.

How is it Treated?

Golfer performing a forearm stretch for golfer's elbow relief

Treatment for golfer's elbow typically involves a combination of rest and activity modification. Physiotherapy is often recommended to strengthen the muscles around the elbow joint. In severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.

Prognosis and Physiotherapy

The prognosis for golfer's elbow varies depending on the stage and severity of the condition. With proper rest and rehabilitation, many individuals experience significant improvement within a few months. However, some cases may require ongoing management to prevent recurrence.

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the treatment of golfer's elbow. A skilled physiotherapist can develop a tailored exercise program to strengthen the muscles. Additionally, physiotherapy can help individuals modify their activities and ergonomics to prevent further injury.

Jargon Buster and Myth Buster

  • Tennis Elbow vs. Golfer's Elbow: While both conditions involve pain and inflammation around the elbow, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) affects the outer side of the elbow, whereas golfer's elbow affects the inner side. Despite their names, these conditions can occur in individuals who don't play tennis or golf.

eMed MSK Physiotherapy Service

eMed MSK (musculoskeletal) physiotherapy service offers comprehensive care for individuals with conditions like golfer's elbow. This digital-first service provides convenient access to physiotherapy consultations via telemedicine platforms, allowing patients to receive expert guidance and support from the comfort of their homes. For those who require face-to-face treatment, eMed MSK offers in-person appointments with experienced physiotherapists. Additionally, the service includes an exercise management program tailored to each patient's needs, whether they prefer digital exercises or in-house sessions.

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In conclusion, golfer's elbow is a common condition characterized by pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow, often caused by overuse or repetitive stress. Treatment typically involves a combination of rest, medication, and physiotherapy to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. With proper care and rehabilitation, many individuals can successfully recover from golfer's elbow and return to their normal activities.


  • Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019). Golfer's elbow. Mayo Clinic.
  • Current concepts of natural course and in management of medial epicondylitis: a clinical overview: Pubmed 
  • National Health Service. (2018). Golfer's elbow. NHS.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.

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