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Medial Epicondylitis - Golfers Elbow

Medial epicondylitis, also known as Golfer's elbow, is a condition that affects the inner side of the elbow where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the medial epicondyle, a bony bump on the inner side of the elbow.

This condition is similar to lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, but affects the opposite side of the elbow. It is typically caused by overuse or repetitive strain on the forearm muscles and tendons, which can lead to small tears in the tendons and result in inflammation and pain.

Medial epicondylitis is often seen in golfers but can also affect anyone who performs repetitive motions that strain the forearm muscles, such as baseball players, carpenters, and computer users.

Symptoms of medial epicondylitis include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the inner part of the elbow.

  • Difficulty gripping objects.

  • Weakness in the affected arm.

With appropriate treatment, most people with medial epicondylitis can recover full function of the affected arm.

As with any pain, minimising the actions that cause the pain is first. Soft tissue treatment of the associated muscles and directly treating the tendon can help reduce the symptoms of this annoying condition.

Both Tennis elbow and Golfer's elbow are self-limiting conditions. The average duration of a typical episode is about six months to two years, but most patients recover within one year.

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