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How Long is the Recovery for Golfer’s Elbow?

“How long is the recovery time for Golfer’s Elbow” is a common question I get and can depend on a number of factors. Golfer’s Elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and inflammation on the inner side of the elbow. Recovery time can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the treatment used.

What tissues are affected in Golfer's Elbow?

The video to the right goes over which tissues can be affected by Golfer’s Elbow. They are typically the tissues that originate on the inside of the elbow and connect to different parts of the forearm and wrist bones.

What is the common treatment?

The most common treatment for Golfer’s elbow is rest and physical therapy. Treatment may involve stretching and strengthening exercises to help improve flexibility and strength in the elbow and surrounding muscles. Dry needling and other manual therapy techniques may be used to help kick-start the recovery process.

The plan may also include using ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce pain and inflammation. Loading the soft tissue in a systematic way is essential.

Call your local physical therapist in Scottsdale to see if they see Golfer’s Elbow. A corticosteroid injection may be recommended in more severe cases to help reduce inflammation if the condition is not progressing.

What is the recovery time for Golfer's Elbow?

Recovery time can range from a few weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the condition and the effectiveness of the treatment. It is essential to follow a doctor’s treatment plan and not to return to activities that may have caused the injury too soon, as this can lead to a more extended recovery period or a recurrence of the injury.

Factors that influence recovery time:

  1. Length of Injury
  2. Previous Treatment
  3. Not loading the tissue and/or improper loading of the tissue
  4. Repetitive trauma to tissues involved
  5. Demands of the activity you are returning to

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Dr. Tyler is a physical therapist and founder Scottsdale Physical Therapy & Performance in North Scottsdale, Arizona. He see golfers, MMA athletes and active adults. His focus is offering one-on-one sessions for 1 hour focused on developing individualized programs to get you back to your goals.

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– Dr. Tyler PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, TPI-2

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