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Golfer's Elbow Shockwave Treatment
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is an inflammatory condition of the inner side of the elbow, where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. The pain may spread into the forearm and wrist.
The condition is called Golfer’s Elbow because in making a golf swing this tendon is stressed; many people, however, who develop the condition have never handled a golf club. A similar condition, tennis elbow – lateral epicondylitis, affects the outer part of the elbow.
Symptoms of golfer’s elbow:
- Pain and tenderness. Usually felt on the inner side of your elbow, the pain sometimes extends along the inner side of your forearm. Pain typically worsens with certain movements.
- Stiffness. Your elbow may feel stiff, and making a fist might hurt.
- Weakness. You may have weakness in your hands and wrists.
- Numbness or tingling. These sensations might radiate into one or more fingers – usually the ring and little fingers.
Shock Wave Treatment & Golfer’s Elbow
The shock waves generated during therapy leads to minor trauma to the elbow which triggers new blood vessel formation. The new blood vessels promote the process of healing. What’s more, the shock waves initiate a new inflammatory process which signals the brain to send nutrients and healing promoting factors to the injured area.
Research into Shockwave Treatment & Golfer’s Elbow
- In a paper published in 2012 by Lee & Kang Effectiveness of Initial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on the Newly Diagnosed Lateral or Medial Epicondylitis they concluded that, “The ESWT group improved as much as the local steroid injection group as treatment for medial and lateral epicondylitis. Therefore, ESWT can be a useful treatment option in patients for whom local steroid injection is difficult.”
- In a more recent research published in 2019 in the European Research Journal – once again researchers concluded that ESWT for Medial Epicondylitis was effective.
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