Get in the Swing with Kinesio Taping
By Kinesio UK | 30 July 2017

Overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and elbow is the most common reason why people develop Golfer's

Elbow, or medial epicondylitis. The condition is so called because, when making a golf swing, this tendon is often under stress - especially if a non-overlapping grip is being used. It is, therefore, a common injury for baseball players, rock climbers and those who take part in throwing sports and DIY.

The anterior forearm contains several muscles that help to flex the digits of the hand and pronate the wrist. The
tendons come together in a common sheath, which starts from the medial epicondyle at the elbow joint. In response
to minor injury or repeating some types of activities over and over again, this can put too much strain on the elbow tendons and this point of insertion becomes inflammed. In most cases, the onset is gradual and the symptoms can persist for weeks before patients seek care.

Pain and tenderness on the inner side of the elbow are the most common symptoms and it may spread down the forearm.

Preventing Golfers Elbow can be difficult, but there are certain things you can do to reduce the risk of the condition occuring. Most cases can be self-managed by reducing activity, simple exercises and pain relief. A Kinesio Taping application like the one below may be used to help relieve pressure and relax the muscles. In addition, you can use use ice, massage and muscle stretches to relax the forearm after activity.

 



Here are a few final tips to avoid Golfer's Elbow this Summer:

  • If you trying a new sport, seek expert advice as incorrect technique can increase the risk of injury
  • Build up any new activity slowly
  • Strengthen your forearm muscles
  • Avoid repetitive actions for long periods of time
  • Warm up before activity or sport
  • Know when to take a break
  • If the elbow does feel sore after activity apply ice for 10 minutes
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