Acupuncture for Golfer’s Elbow (Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka)

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s Elbow, also known as Medial Epicondylitis, is an overuse injury with inflammation and pain on the inner side of elbow bone.

Chronic (long-standing) Golfer’s Elbow is due to muscle degeneration.

Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow includes pain on inside of elbow where tendon becomes inflamed.

  • Pain at inside of elbow
  • Pain from elbow to forearm
  • Pain from elbow to wrist
  • Pain in wrist flexor trigger points

Stretches for Golfer’s Elbow

  • Active range of motion: Wrist flexion/ extension

bend wrist on same arm as the affected elbow back and forward as far as you are able (1 set of 15/ twice per day)

  • Wrist stretch-forward

Press on fingers of the hand on same arm as affected elbow with opposite hand to bend wrist back (hold 15 seconds)

  • Wrist stretch-back

Press the back of the hand on same arm as affected elbow to bend wrist (hold 15 seconds)

  • Forearm Pronation (down)/ Supination (up)

Bend elbow of arm affected arm at 90 degrees, keeping arm at your side. Turn palm up (hold 5 seconds). Turn palm down (hold 5 seconds).

(Any strengthening exercises should be approved first by your physician if undergoing rehabilitative treatment).


What Causes Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s Elbow is an overuse injury caused by doing the same movement over time, leading to injury.

  • Wrist-gripping overuse
  • Arm-rotation overuse
  • Wrist-flexion overuse

How to Diagnose Golfer’s Elbow

Doctor visit usually relies on pain symptoms to diagnose Golfer’s Elbow. Imaging such as MRI or ultrasound can show tendon tears, tendon damage or inflammation of the elbow.

Prognosis and Treatment of Golfer’s Elbow

Tendonosis (another chronic elbow pain) may co-occur with Golfer’s elbow and having both may increase healing time. Tendonosis is a deterioration of the cartilage within the tendon. Resting and elevating the elbow can help relieve swelling, as well as acupuncture to reduce inflammation and pain.

  • Rest
  • Elevate elbow
  • Acupuncture
  • Stretches
  • Surgery is rare
  • Corticosteroid injections have not proven effective long-term

Acupuncture can help with Golfer’s elbow by decreasing pain and lowering the inflammation. Aleesha D Acupuncture has successfully treated Golfer’s Elbow for pain and inflammation. Be sure to see a licensed acupuncturist who has had a Master’s degree of training in acupuncture in order to ensure your safety.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist who owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture on Main Street in Anoka, MN. She lived with constant migraine headaches after a semi-truck collision in high school left her with chronic pain. Acupuncture treatment cured her years of chronic pain and Aleesha became passionate about acupuncture and now helps her patients achieve pain relief every day.


Aleesha specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Women’s Issues, Digestive upset and balancing the body. She treats pain of Endometriosis, SIBO, hormonal imbalances during Perimenopause, Menopause and with Auto Immune Thyroid diseases.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online.


This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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