Medial epicondylitis, often referred to as “golfer’s elbow,” is a common pathology.
Patients typically present with persistent medial-sided elbow pain that is often localised to the medial epicondyle, with radiation into the proximal forearm.
Elbow pain is exacerbated by activity and is particularly bothersome during the late cocking phase in overhead throwing or during early acceleration for the thrower, tennis player, or golfer. More commonly, the pain is characterised by an insidious onset, with persistence despite rest.
Various nonsurgical and surgical treatment modalities are used to manage medial epicondylitis. The goals are to relieve acute symptomatology, rehabilitate the pathologic tendon, and prevent future recurrence. As with many chronic tendinopathies, non- surgical therapy is the mainstay of treatment.
Surgical procedures are typically reserved for patients with recalcitrant or recurrent symptoms despite nonsurgical management. The surgical treatment for recalcitrant medial epicondylitis is efficacious in relieving pain and allowing return to previous activities.