What are the Symptoms of Golfers Elbow
Golfers Elbow - Symptoms
If you have golfer's elbow, you will feel discomfort and pain when performing repetitive movements such as holding, squeezing, twisting with your hands or wrists, or curving your fingers as they hit a computer or piano. Pain can also be experienced when you try to pick something up with your palm down, when you flex your wrist and fingers forwards while extending your arm, or when you rest your forearms on a surface (while typing or grasping for something).
Pain will start on and around the bump on the inside of your elbow (medial epicondyle), and will eventually radiate from the inside of your elbow down to your forearm and wrists.
In the beginning, this pain will often go away within 24 hours after an activity. However if not dealt with immediately, your pain and stiffness will get worse over weeks or months, to the point where you may feel soreness even when your arm is still. You can also experience a severe burning pain and atrophied forearm muscles (loss of muscle mass), which results in a weakened grip. If left untreated, you may experience extreme loss of motion and function of your elbow and forearm.
Pain will start on and around the bump on the inside of the elbow (medial epicondyle). As time goes on this pain will start to radiate from the inside of your elbow down to your forearm and wrists.
When Should I Seek Medical Attention?
We always recommend you seek out your physician to confirm the nature and severity of any injury. Continued discomfort in your elbow should be investigated, as it can lead to long term damage. If you experience any of the symptoms below then talk to your physician and see if our conservative treatments are right for you. Common Symptoms of epicondylitis are as follows:
- You are unable to carry objects, participate in activities or work due to the pain
- You have limited range of motion and are unable to bend, straighten or move your arm at all
- You are experiencing redness, heat or swelling in your elbow (swelling rarely occurs with golfers elbow, however it may indicate another condition)
- Your elbow looks deformed or you have significant bruising around that area
- You've experienced a traumatic accident and may have broken a bone
- You experience elbow pain that occurs at night while resting or persists beyond a few days
- Any other unusual symptoms involving weakness or pain from the shoulder to the hand