Medial Epicondylitis has a plethora of nicknames. The most common nicknames are golfer’s elbow and baseball elbow, reason being that most athletes who play these sports are more susceptible to this injury. Medial Epicondylitis is an injury to the bony area located on the medial side of the elbow, causing pain and irritation.
Several causes of medial epicondylitis can include: playing racket sports, throwing a baseball or football continuously, or carrying a heavy handbag. Using assertive force while bending the wrist toward the palm can damage the tendon that produces the movement.
Symptoms involve: discomfort & pain medially to the elbow, stiffness, loss of strength in the hands and wrist, numbness and tingling, and chronic pain when performing certain physical tasks. When a patient complains about pain inside of their elbow, the physician may rest the patient’s arm on the table, and ask the person to bend their hand against resistance. If the patient feels pain while performing the activity, then it’s clear that medial epicondylitis is the diagnosis.
Treating golfer’s elbow is as simple as stopping all activity that caused the symptoms initially. Using an ice pack to reduce inflammation, resistance band exercises, and over the counter pain reliever can all be used to treat the diagnosis. If pain doesn’t subside or it worsens, contact your physician immediately.