Elbow Surgeon in Eagle and Summit County
Dr. Terrell Joseph
Treatment for Golfer's Elbow in
Eagle and Summit County
Operating out of three clinics in Eagle and Summit County, Dr. Joseph and his team at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are considered the leading experts in elbow tendinitis. Golfer's elbow is a form of tendinitis that, if left untreated, can impact your day-to-day movements.
What is Golfer's Elbow?
A common elbow condition in active, outdoor populations, golfer's elbow impacts the forearm's tendons. Similar to tennis elbow, golfer's elbow is considered an overuse injury caused by repeatedly grasping with the hand or flexing the wrist. However, where tennis elbow is tendinitis that affects the outer elbow, golfer's elbow impacts the inside section of the elbow.
How Do You Get Golfer's Elbow?
Despite its name, anyone who overuses the forearm muscles is at risk of developing golfer's elbow. People who routinely perform activities or play sports that involve swinging, gripping, or flexing are at risk of causing microtears in the elbow tendons.
Golfer's elbow is very common in the following:
Athletes who play racket sports
Athletes who play sports that involve throwing movements
Labor workers who use forceful repetitive arm motions, such as construction workers, carpenters, and plumbers
Smokers, overweight patients, and patients over the age of 40 are at a higher risk of developing golfer's elbow.
What are the Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow?
Symptoms of golfer's elbow can include the following:
Pain in the inner elbow
Tenderness in the inner elbow
Pain when making a fist
Hand and wrist weakness
Numbness and/or tingling in the fingers
Like other cases of tendinitis, golfer's elbow symptoms often appear gradually before worsening.
What Are the Treatments for Golfer's Elbow?
Dr. Joseph can often treat his golfer's elbow patients nonsurgically. Conservative treatments for golfer's elbow include:
Platelet-Rich Plasma injections
Surgery is rarely needed for golfer's elbow. However, if the symptoms don't subside within 3-6 months, Dr. Joseph may recommend surgery to remove the damaged tendon or promote healing.
Treating Golfer's Elbow in Vail and Frisco, Colorado
If pain on the inside of the elbow is affecting your life, contact Dr. Joseph and his team at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery today!