How is golfer’s elbow diagnosed?
The orthopedic specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho will conduct a thorough examination and review of the patient’s medical history. They will ask about daily activities, the onset of golfer’s elbow symptoms and recent injuries. Pressure is usually applied to the affected area and the fingers, wrist and arm are moved in various directions to evaluate for pain and stiffness which reproduces the patients symptoms. If further injury or complications are suspected, an MRI or x-ray may be warranted.
What is the treatment for golfer’s elbow?
Many sports injuries, such as golfer’s elbow, are treated conservatively with rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E). This combination of treatments often reduces or eliminates the symptoms and pain from epicondylitis by limiting activity until the injury heals. Some patients benefit from physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and tendons required for each patient’s unique activity or sport.
Will surgery be required for golfer’s elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is usually treated successfully with non-surgical methods. Surgery is rarely required for this type of injury. If the injury is more severe, or if the tendon has torn from the attachment site, surgery may be recommended and is typically done through small minimally invasive incisions.
If you have symptoms of golfer’s elbow, or if you suffer from elbow or forearm pain, please contact the orthopedic elbow specialists at The Shoulder Clinic of Idaho serving patients in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and the surrounding communities of the Treasure Valley.