Medial Epicondylitis Golfers Elbow

The medial epicondyle is the insertion site of flexor muscles, and golfer's elbow is caused by repetitive overuse of these muscles—for example, forceful, repeated bending of the fingers and wrist, repeated stress on the arm during the acceleration phase of the throwing motion, and repeated tightening of the flexor muscles and tendons during a golf swing—or by trauma to the medial aspect of the elbow. Neck problems, arthritis, rheumatism, and gout may cause similar symptoms.

The symptoms are pain and tenderness at the medial epicondyle, particularly when the wrist is flexed or when objects are grasped or lifted. Extending the arm becomes difficult because of the pain.

As in lateral epicondylitis, dry needling acupuncture is very effective for this condition, but in some cases, recovery can take months because the inflamed tendon or tendons heal slowly. Dry needling acupuncture sessions may be offered twice per week; both the inflamed tendon and the strained muscles are needled. Application of moist heat to the tendon and muscles after needling is helpful. The neck should also be treated if it too is involved.

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