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Upper Extremities

Tennis Elbow/Golfer's Elbow

Tennis elbow is the inflammation of muscles on the outside of the elbow whereas tendinitis on the inner side of the elbow is golfer's elbow. Overuse of the arms or a traumatic blow to the hand may cause tennis elbow or golfer's elbow. These injuries may cause severe pain and tenderness of the affected muscles that radiate down into the forearm, particularly with use of the hand and wrist. Adequate rest and immobility of the affected part helps the muscles to recover and modification of the activities helps in better healing. Heat therapy, followed by a stretching and strengthening exercises and then ice massage may offer be beneficial. A tennis elbow strap may relieve the pressure from the muscle attachment. Pain medications may be recommended to relieve the pain and inflammation.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is inflammation of any of the tendons in the wrist. Tendonitis is usually treated with adequate rest, splinting, ice application, and with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce the inflammation.

Hook of the hamate fracture

Fracture of the hook of the hamate bone, one of the small bones of the wrist, is another injury common in golfers. The hook of the hamate bone protrudes toward the palm, and is susceptible to injury from the club on a hard hit to the ground as the handle crosses right over the bony hook during gripping the club. A splint or cast may be used if the fracture is seen soon after the injury. If there is continued pain, surgery is usually performed to remove the broken bone fragment.

Locations & Directions

  • Adult & Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists – Orange
    1310 W. Stewart Drive
    Suite 508
    Orange, CA 92868
  • Adult & Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists - Mission Viejo
    25982 Pala Drive, # 230,
    Mission Viejo, CA 92691
  • Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists - Irvine
    4980 Barranca Parkway
    Suite 220
    Irvine, CA 92604