Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy: Golfer’s Elbow
New Jersey sports medicine surgeon Robert A. Kayal, MD expertly treats elbow injuries that arise from athletics, including golfer’s elbow. Many sports and activities place significant strain on the joints of athletes. The elbow is especially vulnerable to stress due to regular swinging, catching and throwing.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
While its name indicates otherwise, golfer’s elbow is common to golfers and non-athletes, alike. The injury may be caused by a single traumatic action, but it is more often caused by repetitive swinging, twisting or gripping during sports, plumbing, carpentry, construction, etc. Golfer’s elbow occurs when there is a partial tear or inflammation within the region where forearm tendons meet the interior of the elbow.
Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Tight forearm muscles
- Joint tenderness
- Wrist weakness
- Radiating, burning pain inside the elbow
- Worsening pain when grasping objects, bending the hand or rotating the forearm
Golfer’s elbow is generally diagnosed after a thorough examination and detailed description of the pain, and treatment varies according to severity.
Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow
Treatment for golfer’s elbow begins with a conservative approach. The first step is for the patient to discontinue the offending repetitive motion. A brace is often prescribed to reduce the chance of injury aggravation. Persistent pain may require a cortisone injection. If these treatment steps fail to resolve golfer’s elbow, Kayal Orthopaedic Center’s sports medicine team may perform minimally invasive surgery to remove damaged tissue and bone spur formations. After surgery, your NJ orthopedic surgeon will most likely prescribe physical therapy to aid in recovery and return you to activity.
With offices conveniently located in Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood, NJ, Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC and our board-certified sports medicine physicians treat elbow injury patients from Bergen County, Passaic County, Essex County and Hudson County. Find out more about our New Jersey sports medicine practice by visiting our patient information center, or by contacting us to schedule a golfer’s elbow consultation.