Golfers elbow – Kinesiology tape

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The application of CureTape® kinesiology tape can reduce pain and promote faster recovery when treating golfer’s elbow. With golfer’s elbow, clients report pain on the inside of the elbow around the medial epicondyle. Overexertion and repeated bending of the wrist against resistance, or movements which require significant pinching force, cause inflammation at the attachment of the forearm flexors. The injury is comparable to the symptoms of tennis elbow and usually occurs in people between 40 and 60 years of age. When you hear the term golfer’s elbow, you would expect this injury to be caused by playing golf, but the symptoms often arise from other activities and sports such as bodybuilding, wood chopping, water skiing, bricklaying, carpentry, squash and computer work. The complaints can also come from the neck or shoulder, which can be examined and treated by a therapist.

Most common golfer’s elbow symptoms:

  • Pain on the inside of the elbow (often 1 to 2 cm below the protruding bone).
  • Sharp pain during activity, especially when turning the forearm inwards.
  • Forearm can feel hard and swollen.
  • Painful, tired and stiff feeling in the arm, especially in the morning.
  • Pain may radiate to the upper arm, shoulder, forearm, wrist and hand.
  • The pain symptoms occur especially when lifting objects or stretching the wrist.
In addition to determining the above symptoms, the therapist will also perform strength and movement tests to determine whether it is golfer’s elbow. The following questions are important here. Does pain occur if:
  • The elbow is bent and the hand is moved towards the back of the hand?
  • The wrist is flexed with resistance?
  • The fingers are flexed and at the same time the wrist is flexed in the direction of the palm of the hand?
  • Is something being picked up underhand?

How to tape golfer’s elbow?

In addition to therapeutic treatment such as massage and exercise therapy, CureTape® Kinesiology Tape can be used to reduce pain and promote faster recovery. Tip: Because the kinesiology tape is placed at the hand, it can come off more easily due to perspiration or hand movements. By using CureTape® Sports (as in the accompanying example), the tape often remains in place longer.

Instructional video: Golfer’s Elbow Taping

Taping golfer’s elbow in three easy steps

*Note: In this example, we are using two different colours. There is no difference in effectiveness between the colours. But in our example it makes it easier to show the difference between the two steps of the application.

Step 1:

kinesiology taping golfer's elbow In order to relieve the forearm flexors (sedation), a blue I-tape is used in this example (m. palmaris longus).
  • Measure the I-tape in stretched position, taking into account the tape construction starting from the back of the hand.
  • Cut two finger notches from the I tape as shown
 

Step 2:

kinesiology taping golfer's elbow
  • Tear the release paper in half at the finger recesses
  • Fold the paper in half on both sides
  • Slide the middle and ring fingers through the cutouts and place the base on the back of the hand, which is held in a neutral position

Step 3:

kinesiology taping golfer's elbow Use black tape to activate the pronator muscle. The pronator muscle is responsible for turning the hand inwards.
Check the function of the tape after application. You do this for example by an active endorotation against resistance to provoke. If the pain is reduced, the tape is well applied and has a positive influence on the recovery of the golfer’s elbow.

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✓ Stretchability from 130% to 140%
✓‎ Effective in treating various conditions such as golfer’s elbow
✓ The most widely used tape among professionals
 

Frequently asked questions about golfer’s elbow

How do I know if I have golfer’s elbow?

With golfer’s elbow, the pain you have can happen suddenly or with time. If you have golfer’s elbow, you might have:

  • Stiffness in your elbow
  • Tenderness and pain, usually on the inner side of your elbow or the inner side of your forearm
  • Tingling or numbness in your fingers (usually the ring and little fingers)
  • Weakness in your hands and wrists

Is golfer’s elbow the same as tennis elbow?

No, it is not the same. When you have tennis elbow, there is inflammation on the end of the outer elbow. With golfer’s elbow, there is inflammation on the end of the inner elbow.

Can you use kinesiology tape for a golfer’s elbow? Yes, you can! The use of kinesiology tape is an ideal treatment for your golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis). Symptoms of golfer’s elbow are reduced by the use of kinesiology tape. This allows you to resume activities that would normally be too painful or that would affect the extent to which you can use your arm. How to tape golfer’s elbow?

Above, we have explained exactly how you can use kinesiology tape to tape your goldeelbow. Not sure how to do it? In that case, ask your physiotherapist if he can do it for you.

Does kinesiology tape help with golfer’s elbow?

Although not scientifically proven, the use of kinesiology tape on golfer’s elbow can significantly reduce symptoms. Patients have indicated that they feel much relief when the tape is applied. They also get a lot of range of motion back.

Disclaimer

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. Attention: Mentioning source is mandatory, when using the content on this page.