Athletes like baseball pitchers who use their arm to throw a lot, are often bothered by elbow injuries. However, sports related elbow injuries also occur among non-throwing athletes. It is not unusual for golfers, tennis players, and gymnasts, to be affected by elbow injuries. A proper evaluation by a physician is always recommended, in order to determine the best course of treatment.
Some of the more common sports related elbow injuries include:
- Tennis Elbow: This injury has very little to do with tennis, but is the result of the excessive use of the extensor muscles, and is often common among golfers. It is generally characterized by inflammation, pain, and tenderness of the muscles. In the early stages, tennis elbow can be effectively treated by rest and immobility. However, acute tennis elbow may require pain medication and heat therapy.
- Elbow Fractures: Fractures are often the result of trauma to the elbow, and should be treated early in order to prevent long-term complications. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness of the elbow, as well as numbness in the fingers and/or lower arm. Less severe elbow fractures may require the use of a splint or cast, to keep it in place as it heals. More serious fractures may require surgery.
- Tendonitis: This is a condition in which the tendons of the elbow become inflamed and painful. The condition is often due to repetitive use of the hand. The condition is common among golfers and tennis players. Tendonitis is usually treated with rest and ice application. In some cases splinting and physiotherapy may be necessary.
You can learn more about sports related elbow injuries by checking out the website of Dr. Frank McCormick at http://www.frankmccormickmd.com/. Dr. McCormick is an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL.