Golfers Elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, is a common condition that occurs as a result of too much tension in the flexor muscles that attach to the medial epicondyle at the elbow. These are the muscles that curl the fingers into a fist.
Since most hand activity involves use of the flexor muscles of the hand and forearm, symptoms develop from the overuse of this muscle group.
Golfers Elbow, or Medial Epicondylitis, affects people who rely on the use of their hands in their work, which could mean just about anyone. Office workers, golfers, laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, meat processors, train conductors, small parts manufacturers and many more all rely on the flexor muscles to wrap their hands around instruments, type on keyboards and grip objects both large and small.
After you understand the anatomy of the elbow it is easy to see how so much pain can develop in such a small area. The powerful flexor muscles of the forearm all come together to attach, at least partially, to the small point of the medial epicondyle, potentially exerting tremendous pull on a tiny bony point. Ouch!
Self Care to improve the symptoms of Medial epicondylitis involves consistently following a program of identifying and reducing sources of stress in the flexor muscles, gentle stretching, rest and hydration.