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Golf elbow (aka “medial epicondylitis”) is an inflammatory condition of the tendon that attaches to the inside “knob” of the elbow. These muscles and tendons travel down the inside of the forearm, and their action is to flex the wrist and fingers.

Golf elbow is usually caused by repetitive lifting/flexion of the wrist (eg. Carrying grocery bags with the hand in the palm down position, or performing repetitive scooping/pulling actions with the forearm and wrist. Avoiding the repetitive aggravating action is an important component in alleviating the inflammatory response at the elbow. If the aggravating repetitive motion is continued, the wrist may also become involved.

When the aggravating action cannot be avoided, it is important to apply ice locally to the painful part of the elbow for 15-20 minutes in order to minimize inflammation. Cold laser therapy is also very helpful in reducing the chronic inflammation and pain associated with strain to these tendons where they attach to the elbow.

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