Non-operative Golfer's Elbow Treatments

Fortunately, golfer’s elbow is rarely surgical and does not cause any long-term disability. In most cases, this condition is treated with the proper rest and rehabilitation.

  • Lifestyle modification. If golfer’s elbow does not respond to rest and rehabilitation, then lifestyle modifications may be considered as an option for treatment. Generally with athletes, this problem can be resolved with a change in technique or swing mechanics.
  • Altering swing mechanics. The athlete must be sure that the golf clubs are sized properly and the grip is appropriate. Proper swing mechanics must be assessed and modified if necessary. A golf professional or instructor will be able to provide an expert analysis.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications. Inflammation and pain can be easily controlled through the use of oral medications.
  • Stretching and exercises. Golfer’s elbow symptoms may also be controlled through simple stretches and exercises. It is important to note that these exercises should not be painful to perform, and if they are they should be avoided until the pain has subsided. By strengthening the tendons and muscles involved with golfer’s elbow, the patient can help keep the problem from returning.
  • Cortisone injections. If other conservative treatments for golfer’s elbow fail, a cortisone (steroid) injection may be considered. However, if the individual has undergone two or more cortisone injections without adequate relief, it is unlikely that additional injections will benefit the patient.

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