Today, we’re going to look at Golfers Elbow and see whether CBD oil works to treat Golfers Elbow or not. In order for us to be successful, we first need to understand the problem. We need to understand what Golfers Elbow is exactly.
What Is Golfers Elbow?
Golfers Elbow is a form of tendonitis that affects the tendons connected to your inner elbow and forearm. The medical name for Golfers Elbow is Medial Epicondylitis. It’s a condition where the tendons joining your inner elbow to your outer forearm become damaged due to overuse and/or misuse. This causes pain, inflammation, and tenderness from your inner elbow through your inner forearm to your wrist.
Despite the name, Golfers Elbow is not exclusive to Golfers as any form of repetitive hand, wrist, or forearm motion can lead to Golfers Elbow. Golfers Elbow is similar but not as popular as its sibling, Tennis Elbow. Though similar, the major difference is that Tennis Elbow stems from tendon damage in your outer elbow, while Golfers Elbow stems from tendon damage in your inner elbow.
What Causes Golfers Elbow?
Golfers Elbow is caused by damage or injury to the tendons connected to your Medial Epicondyle and your inner forearm muscles. The Medial Epicondyle is the bony ball-like area of your inner elbow. Applying excessive force to the tendons that bend your wrist irrespective of the activity causes Golfers Elbow. Activities that could potentially cause of Golfers Elbow include but are not limited to:
- Weak shoulder muscles
- Weak wrist muscles
- Carrying a heavy suitcase
- Serving in Tennis with excessive force
- Using a Tennis Racket that is too short, too heavy, or tightly strung
What Are The Symptoms Of Golfers Elbow?
Much like it’s popular sibling, the primary symptom of Golfers Elbow is pain. However, the pain symptom of Golfers Elbow is experienced in your inner elbow and inner forearm muscle leading to your wrist. The other main symptoms include inflammation and weakened grip strength in your pinky and ring fingers. You may also experience the following symptoms:
- Stiffness in your elbow
- Numbness and tingling in your pinky and ring fingers
- Limited range of hand motion
- Pain when you bend your wrist towards your palm against light resistance
- Pain when try squeezing a small rubber ball
What’s The Common Treatment For Golfers Elbow?
The most common form of treatment for Golfers Elbow is rest. Resting your elbow for several weeks allows your body to repair and heal. Other forms of treatment include:
- Applying ice to the injured area to reduce swelling and inflammation
- OTC drugs for pain relief and reducing inflammation
- Performing stretching exercises to strengthen your tendons
- Wearing a brace to limit movement and reduce pain
- Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your forearm
- Steroid injections as directed by your doctor
- Surgery as directed by your doctor followed by rehab
Does CBD Oil Work For Golfers Elbow?
Based on my research so far, I can confidently say that CBD oil works for Golfers Elbow. The details of how it does so can be found in a previous article I wrote exploring the effectiveness of CBD for Tendonitis. However, I’ll breakdown the highlights of my findings here to save you clicking around.
So far, we’ve established that Golfers Elbow is a form of tendonitis that affects the inner area of your elbow called the Medial Epicondyle. We’ve also established that the most dominant symptom of Golfers Elbow is a pain in your inner elbow, inner forearm, and wrist. Other symptoms include a limited range-of-motion and inflammation. Now we can look into my previous findings that support my view of CBD oil working for Golfers Elbow.
One 2019 study looked at Fibromyalgia patients and the impact CBD had on their pain symptoms. The study found that CBD combined with THC provided the best pain relief effects in comparison to a CBD dominant solution, a THC dominant solution, and a Placebo. The study concluded that CBD is most effective for pain relief when combined with THC in a 1:1 ratio. If you’re unaware, Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that causes muscle pain, joint pain, and tenderness amongst a few other symptoms.
Another 2010 study looked at Cancer patients with advanced cancer pain who were not getting adequate results from strong opioids. This study also found that CBD combined with THC in a 1:1 ratio provided the best pain relief results. This solution was compared with a THC dominant solution and a Placebo. The study concluded that CBD combined with THC in a 1:1 ratio provides better pain relief than strong opioids in patients with advanced cancer pain. If you’re unaware, cancer can cause pain in your joints, muscles, soft tissue, and bones. The specific type of cancer that does this is called blood cancer such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma.
And, in a 2005 rheumatoid arthritis patient study, a cannabis-based medicine (CBM) called Sativex was used to measure the effectiveness of cannabis for joint pain relief. The study found that Sativex produced significant pain relief effects in patients compared to a Placebo. Sativex is described as being a blend of whole-plant extracts dominated by CBD and THC in a 1:1 ratio.
Patients in the study experienced reduced pain on movement, reduced pain at rest, and improved quality of sleep. The study concluded that a significant pain relief effect was observed and the disease effects were suppressed in patients that have the CBM. If you’re unaware, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes joint damage, joint pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness throughout your entire body.
Cannabis is a viable and effective form of treatment for pain caused by Golfers Elbow amongst other pain-related conditions. The indirect studies made publicly available provide enough data to conclude that cannabis provides positive pain relief effects.
Based on my research so far, your best option for pain relief from Golfers Elbow is a Full Spectrum CBD product with a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. Your next best option is to find a Full Spectrum CBD product with as close to a 1:1 ratio as possible due to current THC regulations. The current regulations stipulate that the maximum legal limit of THC is 0.3 percent in a cannabis-based product.
You could get your hands on an approved CBM (cannabis-based medicine) with guidance from your doctor. If your doctor is not pro-cannabis, then I suggest you find one that is. Not only will s/he be able to supply you with quality solutions, but s/he could also provide you with more in-depth cannabis insights.
If you’ve tried CBD oil for pain relief and it didn’t work, then I strongly believe the THC to CBD content was insufficient for the task at hand. Focus your attention on the CBD to THC ratio as well as concentrations. Hopefully, this article provided some clarity and insight into whether CBD oil works for Golfers Elbow. If there is anything I’ve missed or a study you recommend, please let me know in the comments section below. Many thanks for taking the time to read this article.
- Golfers elbow (MayoClinic)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
- Golfers Elbow (WebMD)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers and Baseball Elbow)
- An experimental randomized study on the analgesic effects of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis in chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia
- Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of THC:CBD Extract and THC Extract in Patients With Intractable Cancer-Related Pain
- Preliminary assessment of the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of a cannabis-based medicine (Sativex) in the treatment of pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis