Golfer’s Elbow Diagnosis, Treatment, & Pain Management Doctors NYC
At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you’ll get the golfer’s elbow diagnosis, pain management, and doctor’s care you need to reduce or eliminate your golfer’s elbow pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, age, golf or ailment — you want pain relief quickly. Appropriate and targeted golfer’s elbow pain management and treatment starts with a proper diagnosis from your NYC pain management specialist.
You may not think of golf as a dangerous sport, but there actually are more than 200,000 new cases of golfer’s elbow reported each year. But to be fair, the condition is not limited to golfers. Any New Yorker who clenches their fists while using their wrists to perform any kind of activity, including tennis players, are subject to developing golfer’s elbow, also called epicondylitis.
Our NYC pain management specialists can help you manage pain that flares up right where your forearm tendons attach to the elbows. Pain often spreads from the bump on the undersides of your elbow on to your forearm and wrist.
You may begin to feel pain in this area gradually over time, or it can come on suddenly and be especially sharp when you do things such as:
- Swinging your golf club
- Pulling your arm back to swing a racquet
- Turning a doorknob
- Flexing your wrist
- Lifting weights
- Picking up something with your palm facing the floor
- Pitching a ball
- Shaking hands
You’ll recognize golfer’s elbow when you feel:
- Tenderness and pain on the inside of your arm, behind your elbow, that often shoots down your entire arm. The pain gets worse when you squeeze your hand.
- Tingling and/or numbness that radiates down your arm to one or more of your fingers, even when you’re not necessarily using it for one of the movements that brought on the condition. Usually, the tingling goes into your ring and little fingers on the affected arm.
- Weakness in your arm, hand and wrist.
- Stiffness that starts in your elbow and extends down to your hand.
The damage to your inner elbow typically occurs following repeated stress or when you push yourself too hard and place excessive stress on your arm. Improper warm-up can add to the developing problem. Getting out on the golf course or lifting weights in the gym after a long period of inactivity, or when you are not in very good condition, may precipitate a bout of golfer’s elbow.
In addition to weight-lifting, golf and tennis, other activities involving repetitive elbow motion that you do on a regular basis can lead to the painful condition. For example:
- Chopping wood
- Using a keyboard
- Yard work
- Working on an assembly line
See Your NYC Pain Management Doctor
Visit a pain management specialist if you want to keep up with your golf or tennis game. But you can get temporary relief from golfer’s elbow with ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medicine. If you don’t feel any lasting relief in about three days, or if the pain worsens, don’t wait to visit Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates.
Seek immediate attention if:
- You have a fever and your elbow is red and hot.
- Your elbow looks like it’s bent incorrectly.
- You can’t bend your elbow at all.
- You suspect that you’ve broken a bone in your arm.
Get the Pain Relief You Need
Your pain management specialist’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your golfer’s elbow diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your golfer’s elbow pain management and treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.
Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010