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Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow

Medial epicondylalgia, better known as golfer’s elbow, is an overuse injury of the tendons around the inside of your elbow. It tends to occur as a reaction to an increased demand on the tendons beyond their capability.

Those with golfer’s elbow will typically report pain and stiffness, which may reduce in the short term with brief gentle movement.

The tendons on the inside of your elbow and tissues around this area, typically cause the

pain from golfer’s elbow. The tendon attaches the muscles on the inner side of your forearm,

responsible for bending your wrist forwards and bending your fingers, to the bone you feel on the inside of your elbow, called the medial epicondyle.

Contrary to what the name implies, you don’t have to play golf to get golfer’s elbow. Day to day

repetitive tasks such as opening jars, painting, and gripping objects can become problematic. Repetitive movements like hammering or typing can irritate this area. 

Those who do sports such as rowing or weight lifting will also be susceptible to golfer’s elbow.

Like other tendon problems, golfer’s elbow can be treated in much the same way. Recognising the early warning signs can stop it turning into a long standing, chronic problem. 

First and foremost, you must reduce the activities that irritate your tendon. If stress continues to be placed on the tissues, the area will become more and more irritated.

Find ways to modify day to day tasks such as opening a jar with the other hand using a

cloth, or taking more regular breaks when you paint.

Improving blood flow to the area can help to stimulate the healing process. Place a hot

water bottle over your inner arm to reduce the stiffness you feel when the tendon has

not been used for some time. 

There are various supports you can buy for golfer’s elbow. Whilst they are an excellent additional treatment, you should only wear your support during provocative


If your pain is irritated by work, speak to your employer about changing your work station set up.

With perseverance, over time your symptoms should reduce in intensity. This may take anything from a week, to a month depending on the severity of your tendon pain and how long you have had it. It is important to increase your movement with exercises and help build strength back into your tissues. 

Custom orthotics & orthotic insoles can be an effective way to reduce the strain on the injured tissue and allow you to continue with your daily activities while also healing from your Achilles tendon injury.


Tennis elbow. Case of chronic elbow pain presents two months. This man is a Thai boxer and trains six days a week.

Pain is present for three months.

This is his fourth treatment  and pain has improved  60%

He was also having the same issue with his left arm and was boxing this morning with no pain.

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Here at Don Kelly Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic we have treated this very common condition very successfully in both our Limerick and Charleville clinics.

Physio exercises and acupressure: This can be an ancient type of treatment that is comparable to acupuncture, but does not use needles. It applies pressure to particular pressure points which encourages blood circulation, relieves muscle tension, and triggers our body natural healing : 

I have treated my patients with a 100% success rate. Armed with experience in the last 20 years of providing my physiotherapy services in Limerick and Charleville.

If you experience chronic pain, injuries, or advice for knee surgery and replacement please don’t hesitate to reach out. I have treated thousands of my patients with successful results over the last 20 years of my physio services. 

BEFORE YOU SAY YES TO KNEE SURGERY REPLACEMENT– give me a ring for an assessment. 

My treatment plan is the result of my experience and knowledge in treating chronic pains and injuries over the last 20 years. This is the holistic plan to guarantee pain relief, prevent recurring pains, and faster recovery. 



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