You may know this condition as ‘golfers elbow’ but it is formally known as Medial Epicondylitis. It comes on after repeated use of muscles and tendons in the same joint, causing a type of repetitive strain injury. The joint affected in Medial Epicondylitis is the inner side of the elbow, and may radiate to the forearm and can cause problems grasping objects or twisting the forearm and even shaking hands or lifting weights.
The first signs noticed are usually stiffness, tenderness and then pain on the inside area of the elbow. The pain can be a dull constant ache, or at times a throbbing pain that keeps you awake at night. Other symptoms that tend to be common is numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or fingers.
Some of the remedies for golfers elbow (depending on the presenting picture):
Rhus Tox: over straining the muscles and tendons – intense pain and stiffness in the elbow.
Bryonia: constant pain worse movement.
Ruta Graveolens: over straining the muscles and tendons – intense pain and stiffness in the elbow.
Ledum Palustre: pain from the elbow extends to the forearm.
Argentum Met: pain in the elbow accompanied by weakness in the arm, and the arms feel powerless.
Plumbum Met: elbow pain, tingling, numbness in the arm or hand, and a weak, lame feeling in the arm.
This is just a snapshot of the remedies and indications of use for medial epicondylitis.
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