SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: GOLFER’S ELBOW
NJ sports medicine physician Robert A. Kayal, MD expertly treats elbow injuries that arise from athletics, including golfer’s elbow. Many competitive sports place significant strain on the joints of athletes. The elbow is especially vulnerable to stress, considering the amount of swinging and throwing involved in many popular sports. Golfer’s elbow is a painful condition that impacts athletes and non-athletes, alike. Regardless of the cause of your injury, the physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center are experts at creating targeted treatment plans that eliminate the pain of golfer’s elbow and guide you to a full, expedited recovery.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow is an injury common to golfers and individuals in certain occupations. The injury may be caused by a single traumatic action, but is more often caused by repetitive motions of gripping, twisting, or swinging during sports or certain types of work—such as carpentry and plumbing. Golfer’s elbow occurs when there is inflammation or a partial tear to the area where forearm tendons meet the inside of the elbow. Symptoms may include:
- Tight muscles on the inside forearm
- Wrist weakness
- Joint tenderness
- Radiating pain and burning inside the elbow
Worsening of elbow pain may occur when grasping objects, bending the hand at the wrist, or twisting the forearm. Golfer’s elbow is generally diagnosed after a thorough examination and detailed description of the pain.
Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow
Treatment for golfer’s elbow begins with a conservative approach. The first step is for the patient to discontinue repetitive motions causing golfer’s elbow and to wear a brace to prevent injury aggravation. When pain persists, a cortisone injection may be performed. If these treatment steps fail to resolve golfer’s elbow, the physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center can perform minimally invasive surgery to remove damaged tissue and any bone spurs that have formed. Following surgery, your NJ orthopedic surgeon will likely prescribe physical therapy to aid in a quick and complete recovery.
With offices conveniently located in Franklin Lakes, NJ and Ridgewood, NJ, Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC and our board-certified orthopedic New Jersye orthopedic surgeons treat elbow injury patients from Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County and Essex County. Find out more about our New Jersey sports medicine practice from our patient information center, or contact our New Jersey sports medicine practice to schedule an elbow pain consultation.