Golfers or medial epicondylitis (epicondylopathy) is an overuse injury leading to injury of the tendon on the inside of the elbow. This injury is most associated with repetitive motions of the wrist such as swinging a golf club, hammering, or any other activity that requires gripping and twisting. Common symptoms of golfers' elbow are pain along the inside of the elbow and forearm, weakness in the hand and forearm with gripping, tenderness, and swelling along the inside elbow and forearm.
Treatment for golfers’ elbow always starts with assessing the cervical spine or neck to rule out referral pain. Once the neck is ruled out and the pain is true golfers elbow, the goal is to create balanced muscle tension around the elbow and wrist. This is accomplished by soft tissue work and developmental exercises. The next phase is to follow a graded exposure program to get you back to the activities that you enjoy. A graded exposure program is slowly building into the activities to get you back to full pain-free function.
How KCR can help!
At Kalamazoo Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you will be taken through a thorough medical history and full body assessment to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. In most cases, treatment will begin on your first visit once we decide that conservative care (i.e. without the use of surgery, drugs, or injections) is right for you.
A majority of muscle, joint, and nerve pain can be resolved quickly -within days to weeks- with a proper movement assessment and treatment strategy. If your pain changes while moving, this is typically a sign that movement can help resolve your current problems.
Dr. Kopp uses a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to assess and treat both pain from Golfers Elbow and the function of the neck, arm, and wrist to keep your body moving optimally.
Once we have found a movement or movements that decrease your symptoms and improve how your body is functioning, you are on the way to living life the way you want! If your condition is something we are unable to treat in the office, Dr. Kopp will know within the first few visits. He will then recommend the correct medical provider that can find a solution for you.