I’ve posted before about my sore elbow and on going back to the physiotherapist last week, she confirmed that it’s now exhibiting symptoms of Medial Epicondylitis otherwise know as Golfer’s Elbow. It seems that this is different from Tennis Elbow say, in which part of the elbow hurts.
With golfers elbow, it’s where the tendons of the forearm meet your boney bit of elbow on the inside of your arm. Very close to what you’d consider your “funny bone”. The area of pain starts from the Medial Epicondyle and extends towards the forearm muscles and the effects the tendons between the 2. Tendonitis effectively.
The significance of this is that pain occurs when these tendons are being used, which is just about everything involved in carrying a load and often simple matters like simply picking something up or anything that uses these forearm muscles. Either way, I’m completely unable to train with anything that involves my right arm at the moment, which means just about everything excpet running, situps and air squats.
So I’m back to the physio again today to get another dose of ultra sound and electricity in the form of the evocatively named Interferon Machine! I’m also doing some stretching exercises I was give by the physio and I’m using a topically applied anti inflammatory cream. At the moment I’m seeing no improvement, but will give it a few weeks.
Then all bets are off and I might even consider acupuncture, which is something I’ve always been extrememly dubious of before. There’s something about sticking neddles in your body and wiggilng them around that just doesn’t seem quite right. However I’ve spoken to people who claim it’s worked wonders for them.
Add to that that this has been an issue for me for many months already, and talking to Jo M at the gym, who had this recently too, she says it was 18 months before she was back to normal! That’s a long time and I don’t fancy that at all I can tell you.
EDIT March: Several years have passed since I wrote this post. Please read my
Golfer’s Elbow Treatments post for how I cured my Medial Epicondylitis.