The BEST Physical Therapy Exercises for Golfer’s Elbow [Medial Epicondylalgia]

By dpope2020

March 31, 2023

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The BEST Physical Therapy Exercises for Golfer’s Elbow [Medial Epicondylalgia]:

Welcome coaches and clinicians!

Golfer's elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis (or more accurately medial epicondylalgia), is a common injury among athletes who engage in repetitive wrist flexion and forearm pronation and a lot of gripping in general.  Therefore it's relatively common with folks in the weight room. The condition results in pain on the inside of the elbow and can severely limit the athlete's ability to perform daily activities, and train in the gym.

As physical therapists, it is essential that we prescribe effective exercises for our patients with golfer's elbow.   Strengthening exercises for the wrist flexors, pronators and direct arm work can also be beneficial for patients with golfer's elbow. These exercises can be performed using resistance bands, dumbbells, or other equipment, and should be tailored to the patient's specific needs and abilities.

In addition to exercises, it is important to educate patients on modifying painful movements in the gym to allow the area to cool down and start improving. This may include modifying heavy gripping exercises or by wearing wrist straps to reduce some of the demands of gripping when training with barbells and dumbbells..

Check the video below to see some of my favorite exercises for Golfer's elbow [medial epicondylalgia].

By prescribing good exercises and providing education and support, physical therapists can help patients with golfer's elbow to recover quickly and safely. As always, it is important to work closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs and goals.

Get your golf on,

- Dan Pope DPT, OCS, CSCS

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