Taping technique for medial epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow
This is an excerpt from Practical Guide to Kinesiology Taping for Injury Prevention and Common Medical Conditions-3rd Edition, A by John Gibbons.
When I was a physical trainer with the army I liked climbing ropes as I found this exercise very effective for building my strength. However, over time I would feel pain to the inside aspect of my elbow and I was told I had golfer’s elbow, even though I did not play golf. This condition can basically affect anybody and it is normally caused by one particular muscle, pronator teres (Fig. 8.5). This muscle originates at the medial epicondyle; hence, the term ‘medial epicondylitis’. There is also a relationship to the ulnar nerve due to the proximity of the inflammation. If a patient perceives a tingling or altered sensation to their little finger then the ulnar nerve is also involved.
The following kinesiology taping technique will help both the pronator teres and the ulnar nerve.
- Place the pronator teres muscle into a stretched position by supinating the forearm and extending the elbow. Then apply an ‘I’ strip, with little to no stretch, starting from the origin point on the medial epicondyle and finishing across the pronator teres (Fig. 8.6).
- Apply a smaller than standard ‘Y’ strip, with 75–100% stretch, across the area of pain (Fig. 8.7).
- Heat activate the glue.
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