Diagnosis

Doctor will evaluate the medical history and perform physical examination.These include performing movement of the joint and applying pressure to the joint which could result in pain or stiffness.

To find out other abnormalities such as arthritis or broken bones, the doctor may perform:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Bone scans

Treatment

Initial treatment

  • Rest. Promotes healing and prevents elbow from weight-bearing and overuse activities for at least six weeks.
  • Ice. Apply ice for 20 minutes every 2 hours while awake to prevent or minimize swelling.
  • Elevation. Elevate your elbow on a pillow while lying down.
  • Stretch and strengthen. Specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles that attaches to the site of the injured tendon, this will help with the healing process.
  • Using golfer’s elbow brace. Doctor might recommend you to use a counterforce brace to reduce tendon and muscle stress.

Medication

  • Over-the-counter pain reliever. Medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium or acetaminophen can be taken.
  • Injection. Injectable treatments can be performed such as:
    • Corticosteroids.  Can be used in short-term
    • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). This technique collects a few amounts of your blood. The platelets and other anti-inflammatory factors from the blood will be injected back to the affected area.

Surgery

Surgery is not usually indicated to treat Golfer’s elbow unless non-operative treatments have failed to improve the range of motion and decrease pain. Doctor may recommend surgery to remove the damaged tissue and repair the tendon. If left untreated golfer’s elbow can lead to long-term elbow pain and permanent grip weakness. If your pain is relieved, you may continue regular activities again.