What is Medial Epicondylitis?

Well known under the name Golfer’s Elbow and also called Epitrochleitis, this type of tendinitis causes pain on the internal side of the elbow (as opposed to the lateral epicondylitis or Tennis elbow, which affects the external side of the elbow).

How does it happen?

When strain is applied on the tendons and muscles around the epitrochlea (a small bone structure of the elbow) because of repetitive and constraining movements of the arm and wrist, small tears can appear which will in turn cause inflammation. This condition is classified as a muskuloskeletal disorder (MDS).

What are the symptoms?

This condition affects usually the dominant arm.
  • Pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow especially when moving the wrist towards the forearm or when making a wrist
  • Elbow stiffness
  • Weakness in hand and wrist, weak grip
  • Numbness or tingling from the elbow to some fingers

Who is at risk?

Less common that the Tennis Elbow, the medial epicondylitis results also from unsuitable or repetitive arm positions locking the wrists in flexion. Golfers are not the only one affected: it can occur in any activity involving repetitive movements, vibrations and impacts on the arm and wrist.

Risk activities:

  • sports like tennis, rowing, weightlifting, rock climbing
  • playing an instrument like the piano
  • manual professions like carpenter, factory workers, plumbers, construction and also office workers who type regularly on the computer
  • leisure activities: DIY, gardening

What to do?

Resting as much as possible the affecting arm is the first thing to do to ease the epicondylitis pain.

If it is not possible, as in a work environment for example, the use of a wrist brace can help relieving the pain. Several types of braces can work depending on the severity of your symptoms and on the type of activity done:

  • an elastic compression sleeve can support the elbow during the first signs of this type of tendinitis
  • a specific Epicondylitis Strap will bring a targeted relief exactly where needed to help you performing during your activity
  • an elbow brace will help you maintaining your elbow in a resting position to not overwork the tendons
Optimising the ergonomics of the work area is also necessary to minimize unnecessary strain on your body. In case of acute pain, applying cold therapy on the affected area can also help bringing some relief. If the pain lingers after a resting period or worsen, consult with your doctor