Symptoms: Medial epicondylitis manifests itself as pain on the inside of the elbow, where there’s a bony bump. The pain may extend to the surrounding muscles. Motions that require lifting with the palms up (like picking up a table) increase the pain. and movements that involve flexion (bending the elbow) or pronation (rotating the hand down) can be unbearable.
Overview: Medial epicondylitis is common among golfers, baseball pitchers and others who overuse their elbow during work or sports. Movements combining flexion and pronation are the major cause of medial epicondylitis.
Activities that involve repetitive flexion and pronation, like hammering, golfing and playing tennis, can lead to medial epicondylitis. During these activities, excessive force on the wrist flexors, which are muscles that connect the wrist to the elbow, can strain the inner part of the elbow joint. The body reacts to this strain with painful inflammation.
If left untreated, the condition can become chronic, so it’s important to see Dr. Suzan Starler at the onset of experiencing symptoms of medial epicondylitis. Dr. Suzan can help decrease the inflammation via a variety of management techniques as well as prescribe exercises to support and strengthen your elbow joint.