Golfer's Elbow - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman, a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, provides treatment for Golfer’s Elbow. He focuses on diagnosing the root cause of the condition and recommend effective treatment options to the patients.

Golfer's Elbow

Three bones of the arm i.e. humerus (upper arm bone), radius (forearm bone at the thumb side) and ulna (finger side forearm bone) meet to form the elbow. The joint is responsible for bending and rotating movements of the forearm. Golfer’s Elbow or Medial Epicondylitis is characterized by the inflammation of the flexor tendons in the elbow. Sports activities that involve repetitive and strenuous movement of forearm increase the risk of developing Golfer’s Elbow.

Risk factors For Golfer's Elbow

  • Increasing age
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Smoking

Causes Of Golfer's Elbow

  • Inflammation caused due to an an injury
  • Weak wrist and shoulder muscles
  • Deterioration of tendons with age
  • Occupations that require frequent hand movement such as gardening, carpentry, painting etc.

Symptoms Of Golfer's Elbow

  • Pain and stiffness in the bony portion outside the elbow
  • Difficulty in gripping objects
  • Pain while raising hand or straightening the wrist
  • Tingling and numbness in the elbow that runs down to the ring and little finger.
  • Swelling

Diagnosis Of Golfer's Elbow

  • The doctor may physically examine the elbow by exerting pressure on the affected area. He may also ask questions related to previous injuries to the joint.
  • Imaging studies: X-ray, CT scan or MRI may be conducted to have a clear picture of the joint’s structure and evaluate the extent of damage caused.

Treatment For Golfer's Elbow

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Braces and splints may be used to restrict the movement of arm and avoid putting pressure on the joint
  • The physical therapist may suggest muscle stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Corticosteroid injections may be administered in case of severe pain

Surgical Treatment

Medial epicondyle release: The surgeon makes an incision in the arm up to the medial epicondyle (round protuberance of the humerus bone in the arm). Soft tissues are removed to reach out to the adjacent tendons. The surgeon then cuts the tendon and removes any scar tissue or bony spurs that may have been formed.

Prevention Of Golfer's Elbow

  • Perform muscle strengthening exercises
  • Keep your wrist stable and rigid while lifting heavy items
  • Do stretching exercises before a workout to avoid straining the muscles
  • Use right equipment while playing sports

For treatment of Golfer’s Elbow, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.