Golfer's Elbow Surgery Specialist
Dr. Bryan Tan
FRCS Ed (Orth)
Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylitis is the inflammation and swelling of tendon tissues (tendonitis) that attach the forearm muscles to the elbow, at the end of the inner elbow. It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of golfer’s elbow.
Dr. Bryan TanOrthopaedic Surgeon
Sports have always played a big part in Dr Bryan’s life. His interest in sports and varied sporting activities give him a deep understanding of sports injuries and the mindset of an athlete.
The condition often develops gradually over time and is difficult to detect. This painful condition affects 2-5% of the general population.
Dr Bryan Tan is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, based in Singapore. He completed 2 fellowships in Orthopaedic Sports, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Sydney, Australia and Nice, France. Prior to private practice, Dr Bryan was a consultant in the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. He is currently still a visiting consultant at NUH where he actively teaches medical students and young orthopaedic surgical trainees. In addition, he travels to regional countries to teach advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques.
Dr. Bryan has a special interest in keyhole surgery and performs most of his surgeries using advanced, modern keyhole surgical techniques. He regularly visits fellow surgeons from other countries to ensure his skills and knowledge are cutting edge.read full bio
What Causes Golfer's Elbow?
Golfer's elbow is primarily caused by repetitive overuse of the forearm muscles, typically due to sports (e.g. Golf) that involve the upper limbs, weight lifting or forceful, repetitive occupational movements such as construction or carpentry.
It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of golfer’s elbow.
What Are the Symptoms of Golfer's Elbow?
Common symptoms of golfer’s elbow include:
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How Is Golfer's Elbow Treated?
Common treatment methods include:
- Rest. Avoiding excessive arm movements can allow the elbow joints to heal and prevent further damage
- Ice compression
- Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers can help to alleviate inflammation and swelling
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Plasma-rich protein injections
If non-surgical treatment options fail to alleviate pain, surgery may be recommended to repair torn tendons, remove damaged tissues or built-up scar tissue, which may be hindering the healing process.Contact clinic
How Is Golfer’s Elbow Diagnosed?
Your doctor may review your medical and exercise history, as well as conduct a physical examination to check for pain, tenderness or elbow stiffness.
Further imaging tests, such as ultrasound or MRI scans may be required to confirm a diagnosis or to eliminate other possible injuries such as tendon tears or fractures.
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Initial Consultation & Diagnosis of your Condition
During your consultation, Dr. Bryan will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Bryan any questions you may have about your condition.
Treatment & Follow Up Visits With Dr. Bryan
After your consultation with Dr. Bryan, our friendly clinic staff will assist you with your follow-up appointment, and provide you with instructions/information for any prescribed treatment plans from Dr. Bryan.
Is golfer’s elbow serious? When should I visit a doctor?
While golfer’s elbow is generally not a severe medical concern, it can still bring significant pain and discomfort.
You should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if they interfere with your daily functioning.
How to prevent golfer’s elbow?
- Strengthen your forearm muscles
- Warm up and stretch your body before exercising
- Adopt proper form and training techniques when playing sports or working out
- Schedule interval rests between any exercises or sports
- Avoid overuse and repetitive motions
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