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Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers and baseball Elbow)
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What is medial epicondylitis?
Medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer’s elbow, baseball elbow, suitcase elbow, or forehand tennis elbow, is characterized by pain from the elbow to the wrist on the inside (medial side) of the elbow. The pain is caused by damage to the tendons that bend the wrist toward the palm. A tendon is a tough cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones.
What causes medial epicondylitis?
Medial epicondylitis is caused by the excessive force used to bend the wrist toward the palm, such as swinging a golf club or pitching a baseball. Other possible causes of medial epicondylitis include the following:
serving with great force in tennis or using a spin serve
weak shoulder and wrist muscles
using a too tightly strung, too short, and/or too heavy tennis racket
throwing a javelin
carrying a heavy suitcase
chopping wood with an ax
operating a chain saw
frequent use of other hand tools on a continuous basis
Treatment for medial epicondylitis:
Specific treatment for medial epicondylitis will be determined by your physician based on:
your age, overall health, and medical history
extent of the condition
your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, and therapies