Treatment for Medial Epicondylitis

What is Medial Epicondylitis?

Medial epicondylitis is a condition that affects the hands, and is characterised by pain on the inside of the hand, from the elbow to the wrist. The pain is caused by degeneration of the tendons that bend the wrist towards the palm. Tendons are tough tissue cords that connect muscles to bones, and these tendons can become swollen and painful due to injury or irritation.

Medial epicondylitis is known by a number of names including golfer’s elbow, baseball elbow, forehand tennis elbow and suitcase elbow. Although medial epicondylitis is referred to as golfer’s elbow, this does not mean it affect only golfers. It is a condition that can occur as a result of playing golf as well as any other activity that involves the constant use of the arms and wrists.

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What Is the Treatment for Medial Epicondylitis?

The first step in treating medial epicondylitis is to stop the activity that causes the condition. This means avoiding movements that caused the condition in the first place, or that can exacerbate the condition. Once this has been handled, the pain caused by golfer’s elbow can be managed.
Common treatment options include:

  • Resting the affected arm
  • Applying cold compress or ice to reduce the swelling, pain and inflammation
  • Take over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce the pain and swelling (note that medications must be taken as directed by your doctor)
  • Doing safe stretching exercises to reduce the stiffness in your tendons
  • Wearing an elbow brace or wrap a bandage around the affected elbow

If the condition fails to improve, your doctor may recommend surgery, but this is usually a last resort.

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