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Medial Epicondylitis
(aka Golfer's Elbow)

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                Medial Epicondyle of the HumerousWhat is Medial Epicondylitis? 

Medial Epicondylitis is a condition which arises through overuse of the muscles used when moving the wrist downwards (wrist flexion) or certain types of gripping actions with the hand.  The tendons at the wrist run up to the medial epicondyle of the humerous at the elbow, and the sheath that this tendon moves in becomes inflamed when experiencing this condition.  Eventually this can lead to the development of scar tissue which will also result in a weakening of the muscles.

What are the Symptoms of Medial Epicondylitis?

Common symptoms include pain on the inner side of the elbow and inside the bump of the elbow, which is increased when bending the wrist down or certain types of gripping actions.  Making a fist can also be painful.  The fifth and fourth fingers may experience numbness or tingling. 


What Causes Medial Epicondylitis to Develop?

Typically Medial Epicondylitis develops due to an overuse of the muscles in the elbow which can lead to small tears in the tendons, for example chopping wood, hammering nails, lifting boxes, or swinging a golf club. Sometimes this condition can also arise from a specific acute injury which results in inflammation to the elbow.

What Movements Should be Avoided if you have Medial Epicondylitis?

The best course of action is to try to avoid wrist flexion, Pronation or Supination, and any activities which require significant consistent grip (i.e. holding a baseball bat / golf club, rock climbing, gripping a conventional mouse, etc.).

What Types of Products can be Used to Help Prevent or Reduce the Symptoms and Incidence of Medial Epicondylitis?

To help prevent wrist flexion, Articulating Keyboard Arms or Adjustable Height Workstations will ensure the proper height for using keyboards and mice.

To assist in reducing pronation, consider Orthopedic Mice or Vertical Mice which reduce or eliminate the requirement to pronate while mousing.  Also consider Adjustable Keyboards to reduce the degree of Pronation required to keyboard.

To reduce repetitive grip activities arising from the Static Grip Force on the mouse, consider alternatives to conventional mice including Touchpads, Trackballs or Central Pointing Devices.

Lifting and repositioning of materials while the arm is extended can be avoided by Writing Surfaces, Document Holders, Book Holders.


Last edited December 16th, 2013

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