Golf Elbow Pain: From Diagnosis to Driving You Back to the Course

As a physiotherapist, I see many golfers battling golfer’s elbow, that pesky pain on the inside of your elbow. Don’t worry, it’s a common overuse injury, and with proper treatment, you’ll be swinging pain-free again in no time!

Understanding the Culprit

Golfer’s elbow stems from inflammation in the tendons that flex your wrist. Repetitive motions that strain these tendons, like gripping a golf club, can lead to tiny tears and irritation overtime.

If you are having pain in your elbow, it is important that you seek help as soon as possible. Our team at Capital Physiotherapy Hawthorn is well experienced and will help you get back into the swing of things!

Diagnosis: Pinpointing the Problem

During your assessment, you’ll be asked about your symptoms, golfing habits, and examine your elbow and forearm. Strength and flexibility tests help pinpoint the affected muscles. Our physiotherapist at Capital Physiotherapy Hawthorn will usually be able to diagnose you through thorough examination, but in rare cases, an X-ray or ultrasound might be needed to rule out other causes.

The Road to Recovery: A Multi-pronged Approach

The good news is, golfer’s elbow responds well to physiotherapy. Our treatment plan typically involves:

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Taking a break from activities that aggravate your elbow is crucial. I’ll guide you on alternative exercises to maintain your fitness.
  • Manual Therapy: Techniques like massage and joint mobilization can improve flexibility, reduce pain, and promote healing.
  • Strengthening Exercises: Once the pain subsides, specific exercises will strengthen your forearm muscles, enhancing stability and preventing future flare-ups.
  • Taping or Bracing: In some cases, taping or a forearm brace can provide support and reduce stress on the tendons.

The Importance of Rehabilitation Exercises

Rehabilitation exercises are the cornerstone of your recovery. These exercises will target the weakened muscles, improve flexibility, and restore pain-free movement. Your trusted physiotherapists will design a personalized program that progresses gradually, ensuring a safe and effective return to golfing.

Partnering for Success

Remember, you’re not alone in this. Capital Physiotherapy Hawthorn will be a partner in recovery, providing guidance, motivation, and adjustments to your program as needed. Open communication is key, so let us know if you experience any difficulties or setbacks.

By following the treatment plan and dedicating yourself to the rehabilitation exercises, you’ll be well on your way to conquering golfer’s elbow and getting back to the sport you love. In the meantime, feel free to ask me any questions you might have!

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