What is Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer’s Elbow, scientifically known as epicondylitis, is a condition where the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow become inflamed. The pain initiates from the bony bump-like structure of the elbow and travels down the inside of the forearm.
The name is a misnomer, in that it doesn’t just affect golfers. Golfer’s elbow is different from Tennis elbow in that, tennis elbow affects the tendons on the outside of the elbow, while Golfer’s Elbow is caused by damage to the tendons on the inside of the elbow. It is also less common than tennis elbow.
What Causes Golfer's Elbow?
The condition gets its name from an overused hand motion, like that of a golfer. Golfer’s Elbow is caused by forearm muscle overuse due to repetitive movements like flexing, gripping or swinging. These movements can cause tiny tears in the tendons. Overuse of tools like hammers, rakes and paintbrushes can cause Golfer’s Elbow as well.
When to Seek Treatment for Golfer's Elbow?
Early treatment of Golfer's Elbow can facilitate a faster recovery and reduce the chance of re-occurrence. Bowen Therapy may help to increase blood flow to the area to increase the rate of healing and speed up recovery. Bowen can also help by working to release tension in the flexor muscles of the forearm which could be putting additional stress on the tendons of the elbow and preventing recovery. With Bowen Therapy treatment, the resting period required before relief from the pain is experienced tends to be significantly less than without treatment.
Without allowing the injury to heal, and continuing the activity that is aggravating the golfer's elbow, the pain will likely get worse. In some extreme cases, medical procedures or surgery might be required.
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