Kinesio Taping for Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow
I found these great instructional Kinesio Taping videos for Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow, which can be common for adults that are active in tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, or similar sports that can involve a lot of wrist action (flexion and extension). Golfer’s Elbow is also known as medial epicondylitis and Tennis Elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis, based on the anatomy of the human elbow. A condyle is a protuberance of the bone that the ligament of a muscle attaches to: (if looking at your forearm palm up), the bony side of the elbow, above the crease in your arm, closest to your body, would be the medial epicondyle, and the directly opposite side would be the lateral epicondyle. These points may be tender, so make sure to palpate with caution. Both of these conditions are due to inflammation and irritation of the flexor compartment of the wrist and forearm, as in Golfer’s Elbow, and extensor compartment of the wrist and forearm, as in Tennis Elbow.
If you are unsure whether or not you have one condition or the other, test it out with the help of a friend.
> For Golfer’s Elbow/Medial epicondylitis, you can reproduce the pain by resisting active wrist flexion or passive stretching of the wrist into extension. Make sure that the palm is face up for these movements, along with a straight arm (extended at the elbow joint) for the full effect. Normally no pain symptoms occur, but with medial epicondylitis, pain symptoms are recreated and intensified.
> For Tennis Elbow/Lateral epicondylitis, you want to make a fist, pronate the forearm (turn over your hand so your palm is facing down), extend the elbow (straighten the arm), and flex the wrist (down towards the ground). Have your friend passively stretch the wrist into flexion or resist active extension at the wrist joint. Normally no pain symptoms occur, but with lateral epicondylitis, pain symptoms are recreated and intensified.
Kinesio Taping for Golfer’s Elbow:
Kinesio Taping for Tennis Elbow: