Medial Epicondylitis, or Golfer’s Elbow, is a form of tendonitis that is very similar to Tennis Elbow, with symptoms and causes that are nearly identical. As with Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow is caused by repetitive motion while tightly gripping an object in the hand. Over time, tears and injury are inflicted on the medial epicondyle, which is attached to the elbow and anchors the numerous wrist flexors, muscles in the forearm which pull the hand in towards the inside of the forearm. Many activities besides golf commonly cause Golfer’s Elbow, such as:
- Tennis, especially when serving or putting spin on the ball
- Carrying heavy luggage on a regular basis (the condition is sometimes known as Suitcase Elbow)
- Baseball, particularly in the case of pitchers (giving the condition the alternative name Pitcher’s Elbow)
- Throwing javelins and other such implements
- Using a chainsaw
- Chopping wood with an axe
- Rock climbing
- Carpentry and other jobs involving use of heavy tools
- Compensating for weak wrist and shoulder muscles
As with Tennis Elbow, pain tends to emanate from the elbow. However, with Golfer’s Elbow, the pain is experienced on the medial side, or inside, of the elbow and forearm. This pain can sometimes extend all the way down to the fingers, particular the ring and little finger. This pain will be most obvious when squeezing a ball or bending the hand in towards the wrist.
Treating Golfer’s Elbow with Shockwave Therapy
Because Golfer’s Elbow involves tendon irritation, swelling, and tearing, it is a prime candidate for treatment with shockwave therapy. Shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared therapy therapy that uses focused acoustic waves to stimulate and massage injured soft tissues, leading to improved blood flow, increased nerve regeneration, and the reduction of inflammation, all of which help to kick-start the body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Patients typically experience a reduction in pain and discomfort even after the first session of shockwave therapy. Additional sessions yield further pain reduction, but more importantly lead to reduced swelling, which allows injuries to the medial epicondyle heal.
MYOSYTETM’s shockwave therapy allows those suffering from Golfer’s Elbow to find relief without having to resort to more risky forms of treatment, such as the use of painkillers, or even surgery.
Other non-invasive treatments, such as laser therapy and magnetic field therapy (PEMFT) have also been shown to be effective in treating Golfer’s Elbow and other forms of tendonitis.