Applying CureTape kinesiology tape can reduce the pain and to promote a faster recovery during golfers elbow treatment.
Clients with golfers elbow, indicate that they have pain on the inside of the elbow around the medial epicondyle. Repeated wrist movements and/or movements that require forceful gripping, can cause inflammation to the attachment point of the forearm flexors.
The injury is similar to that of tennis elbow, with the symptoms most common in people between 40 and 60 years of age.
With the term golfers elbow, you expect this injury to come from practicing golf, however, the complaints often arise from other activities. Activities such as bodybuilding, chopping, water skiing, bricklaying, carpentry, squash and computer work are often precursors to this injury.
The symptoms can also be referred from the neck or shoulder, a qualified professional can examine and if necessary treat this.
Golfers Elbow symptoms:
- Pain on the inside of the elbow (often 1 to 2 cm below the protruding bone).
- Sharp pain during an activity, especially when the forearm is turned inward.
- Forearm can feel tight and look swollen.
- Pain, fatigue and stiffness in the arm, especially in the morning.
- Pain can refer to the upper arm, shoulder, forearm, wrist and hand.
- The symptoms are usually exacerbated when lifting objects or stretching the wrist.
In addition to assessing for the mentioned symptoms, the therapist will also perform strength and movement tests to determine if the complaint is golfer’s elbow.
The following questions are important here, does pain occur if:
- The elbow is bent and the hand is moved toward the back of the forearm?
- The therapist actively bends the wrist for the client?
- The fingers are bent while simultaneously flexing the wrist in the direction of the palm?
- Picking up objects?
How to strap a golfer’s elbow?
Tip: Because the tape is laid over the hand, it may loosen earlier as a result of sweating or movements of the hand. By using CureTape Sports (as in the attached example), the taping application often lasts longer.
Instruction Video: taping for Golfers elbow
To relieve the forearm flexors, a blue I-tape is used in this example (m. Palmaris longus).
Measure the I-tape in the stretched position, taking into account a tape construction that starts on the back of the hand. Then cut two finger recesses from the I-tape as indicated.
Tear the paper backing at the location of the finger holes in half, then fold the paper in on both sides. Slide the middle and ring fingers through the holes and place the base on the back of the hand that is held in a neutral position. Remove the backing of the shorter bit of tape and lay with no stretch over the dorsal (top) aspect of the hand. Remove the backing to the second longer part of the tape and lay in the direction towards the medial elbow.
A black tape is used for activating the m. Pronator. The m. Pronator ensures that the hand is turned inwards.
Apply the base of the I tape with a straight arm to the medial epicondyle.
Apply the kinesiology tape towards the muscle insertion as shown in the video.
Check the taping application by moving the taped wrist and noting for any discomfort. If the pain is reduced and no discomfort with the tape applied can be felt, the taping is completed successfully. This tape application can also be used for posture correction or RSI.
Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals.
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