Golfer's Elbow & Tennis Elbow

Our Ramsey pain management doctors, Dr. Steven Ferrer and Dr. Kevin McElroy, have seen many of their patients affected by elbow pain. Epicondylitis, or inflammation of the muscles and tendons that attach to the elbow, is often the underlying cause. You may know this condition as 1 of its 2 varieties, golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow–both of which respond positively to the variety of services we offer at our facility.

Golfer’s Elbow vs. Tennis Elbow: Similarities & Differences

Epicondylitis is a relatively common health condition, especially among working adults in their 40s and 50s. It’s typically caused by excessive physical load or overuse, including repetitive arm movements which are commonly seen during certain athletic and occupational activities. According to research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, epicondylitis is more likely to occur in people who smoke and/or who are obese.

There are 2 specific types of epicondylitis, lateral and medial:

Of course, you don’t have to play tennis or golf in order to be afflicted with either of these injuries, however the nicknames are apt since these activities are often precipitating factors. In both cases, the elbow pain typically presents gradually. Both conditions may lead to weakness in grip strength and a decreased tolerance to perform certain upper extremity tasks such as holding a racquet or golf club, typing, turning a door knob, etc. Typically, a person’s dominant arm will be affected, although either or even both arms may be involved.

How Our Ramsey Pain Management Team Treats Golfer’s Elbow & Tennis Elbow

Since the majority of golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are caused by some sort of overuse, one of our main tasks when treating this type of elbow pain is to identify the causative movements and figure out how to modify or avoid them in order to reduce further damage. This may include taking a break from your sport of choice or adjusting your occupational body mechanics and work tasks. We also need to initiate tissue healing as soon as possible. Not only will this help relieve your elbow pain and reduce inflammation, but it will also minimize the risk of recurring symptoms.

No matter what your unique presentation is, our team will work thoroughly to develop the most appropriate treatment plan to manage your elbow pain effectively. Is your elbow pain holding you back? Come experience the difference in care at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine, serving Ramsey and surrounding New Jersey communities. To book an appointment, call (201) 962-9199 today.

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