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Golfer's Elbow: Understand how to have it fixed when all else fails

Updated on February 24, 2015

Golfer's Elbow also known as Medial Epi-Condylytis

Golfer's have their own set of problems. One in particular is pain along the inside of the elbow. This is affectionately referred to as Golfer's Elbow. The pain can be a slight annoyance dealt with a few cocktails and Advil. The pain can also be bad enough to prevent you from playing the game you so dearly love.

The medical term is medial epicondylytis. It occurs at the bump you will feel on the inside of your elbow. This is where the muscles originate from. The muscles involves are palmaris longus, flexor carpi radialis and flexor carpi ulnaris.

The bones involved with Golfer's Elbow are the humerus, radius, ulna and the carpal bones of the wrist. The problem of medial epicondylytis involves bone and muscle usually.

17% of all Golfers will have elbow pain

 A brace  will translate force away from the elbow allowing it a chance to heal.
A brace will translate force away from the elbow allowing it a chance to heal.

Muscles involved in Golfer's Elbow

The muscles involved with Golfer’s Elbow are the palmaris longus, flexor carpi radialis and flexor carpi ulnaris. These muscles originate at the bump inside your elbow. Feel your elbow you should have no trouble finding the bump.They insert into your wrist at different points to flex the wrist. That is when you push your fist downward.

Here is the origin of muscles causing Golfer's Elbow

Bones involved with Golfer's Elbow

Let's look at is the relationship of the humerus to the radius and ulna, and the radius and ulna to the carpal bones of the wrist. If there is a mechanical blockage there will be added stress on the elbow joint. By removing the physical boney stress we will remove added tension on the tendons of the palmaris longus, flexor carpi radialis and flexor carpi ulnaris.

The process of removing bony blockage is called an adjustment or joint mobilization. When the fascia becomes riddles with adhesions the bones become restricted. Mobilizing helps speed the healing process associated with Golfer's Elbow.

Adhesions are like bubble wrap

The surface of the fascia becomes gritty and pocked very similar to bubble wrap but should be smooth like a ziploc bag
The surface of the fascia becomes gritty and pocked very similar to bubble wrap but should be smooth like a ziploc bag

Adhesion's irritate the fascia causing elbow pain

An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that creates friction and causes pain because they restrict normal motion. Think of a ziploc bag and bubble wrap. The bubble wrap is like the adhesion filled tissue. The surface is bumpy. The ziploc is like normal fascia. It is smooth and glides easily over other tissue.

When we locate adhesions in the fascia around the tendons of the palmaris longus, flexor carpi radialis and flexor carpi ulnaris we can direct our efforts to remove them non-surgically using a technique called Graston.

Graston Technique to Fix Golfer's Elbow

Removing the adhesions

The way we relieve your body of adhesions is through topical debridement using a special method called Graston Technique. The skin is prepped with special lubricant. Then a stainless steel surgical instrument is rubbed in several planes almost erasing the adhesions. watch the video above to see an actual treatment.

Watch this for some excellent stretches

Quick Review or Read This to Get the Big Idea

1- Adhesion's form in the fascia

2-Adhesions restrict motion and cause bones to mis-align

3- Adhesions are removed by topically debriding them using a Graston tool

4- Golfer does stretches shown above

5- Golfer no longer has Golfer's Elbow

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      Gina 

      2 years ago

      will my golfers elbow go away if i do these exercises?

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