Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for golfers elbow treatment in Palm Beach. Golfers elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is an elbow condition affecting the tendon origins in the inner elbow. It receives the name “golfers elbow” as it is frequently seen in golf players.
WHAT CAUSES GOLFERS ELBOW?
The muscles that provide finger and wrist flexion have a tendon that originates in the medial epicondyle of the humerus. In golfers elbow, this tendinous origin undergoes degeneration leading to weakening and inflammation. As a result, patients experience pain at the location of the tendon origin with activities that cause wrist bending.
GOLFERS ELBOW PROCEDURE
It is very rare to need surgery as most of tennis elbow symptoms improve with conservative treatment. The procedure removes the diseased tendon origin that is causing the symptoms thereby relieving pain.
A single incision centered on the inner elbow is used; this is Usually 5-6cms in length
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Patients with classic history, symptoms, and exam who have failed conservative treatment are good candidates for the procedure. It is very rare to need surgery for this procedure. Dr. Rueda likes to wait at least 6-9 months prior to discussing any surgical treatment.
Complications are very rare in golfers elbow surgery; it is a very safe procedure. Some of the uncommon risks include infection and bleeding. There are also other major complications that are very unlikely including persistent pain and ulnar nerve injury.