Golfer’s elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow near the area that many people call the “funny bone.” Also known as medial epicondylitis, the orthopedic team at Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can provide treatment for golfer’s elbow in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina so that you can get back on the course and back to your other active hobbies!
This condition is caused by cumulative damage and irritation to the tendons that attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. The tendons attach to the muscles that run down the forearm and attach by another set of tendons to the wrist and fingers, allowing the wrist to bend and grip objects such as golf clubs, tennis rackets, or hammers. The damage occurs as the result of repetitive and forceful gripping and twisting activities, and patients often experience soreness or pain at the inside of the elbow during or after the activity that caused the injury.
Some cases of golfer’s elbow can make it difficult to hold objects, so the goal of treating this condition is to identify and treat the cause, reduce pain and irritation, promote healing, and strengthen the muscles and tendons to prevent re-injury. Similar to tennis elbow which affects the tendons on the outside of the elbow, a person does not have to be a golfer in order to develop golfer’s elbow, the condition affects many different types of athletes and individuals with varying athletic hobbies.
When you come to see our sports medicine specialists, we will examine your injury to determine its cause and severity. If the condition is severe enough to require surgery, golfer’s elbow can be treated with minimally invasive surgery to repair the torn tendon and remove any damaged tissue while reattaching the tissue back to the bone. Patients can resume their regular lifestyles within 4 to 6 months.
Let the skilled and experienced surgeons and physician assistants at Southern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provide you with treatment for your golfer’s elbow in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina. Call us today at (843) 936-0715 to schedule an appointment so that you can get started on the journey to resuming your favorite activities.