While golfers elbow is most common to golfers, there are other ways to develop golfers elbow. Sometimes the repetitive motions of chopping wood, using a chain saw and using hand tools can cause this condition. Golfers elbow is caused by degeneration of the tendons in the elbow on the inside of the bone. For the most part doctors try not to perform golfers elbow surgery unless they deem it absolutely necessary.
Some symptoms of golfers elbow are tenderness and pain in the elbow. The pain may get worse with flexing the forearm and the pain will spread down the forearm. The first form a treatment for golfers elbow is ice, rest for the elbow, an elbow strap, exercises and occasionally anti-inflammatory medications. If the pain persists, be sure to contact your physician.
If none of these treatments work, your hand surgeons or orthopedic surgeons may decide that the best course of is golfers elbow surgery. Before performing golfers elbow surgery, you doctor will need to be sure that you don’t have a bursitis elbow. In some rare instances, your surgeon may decide that you need elbow replacement surgery.
Occasionally, golfers elbow may mimic a pinched nerve condition. Your physician should also be sure that you need golfers elbow surgery and not tennis elbow surgery. Both injuries are very similar. The difference is that tennis elbow injury is located on the outside of the elbow, rather than the inside of the elbow.
Although your physician will avoid it if possible, if you do end up needing golfers elbow surgery, be sure you are aware of the recovery time. Talk to your physician about how much and what kind of therapy you may need to get your elbow back in shape. You will also want to be aware of any possible complications that could arise with the surgery.