Summary of Condition
Medial epicondylitis is also called “little league” elbow. Medial epicondylitis illustrates a snapping motion of the elbow in pronation or a motion such as throwing breaking balls in baseball causing stress on the medial side of the elbow. This results in an injuring of the radioulnar pronator cuff muscle inserting on the inner condylar ridge of the humerus.
Benefits of Stretching
After the elbow is healed and free movement is permitted by the physician, restore the range of motion with gentle stretching. If the injury is mild, begin stretching of the elbows, radioulnar, wrists and hands. Strengthen the elbow flexors and extensors, radioulnar pronators and supinators with small weights. Progression to stretching bands or surgical tubing is permitted when the subject is pain free. Incorporate the use of a rubber band and a soft ball for the hands and fingers. Ice massage and stretch the muscles frequently. An ace wrap for gentle support is helpful.
Muscles stretched are the wrist and forearm extensor muscles. The muscles contracted are the wrist flexor muscles. You begin the stretch by extending the elbow, slowly flexing the wrist downward by contracting the wrist flexor muscles. Apply a gentle stretch across the posterior (dorsal) hand with the opposite hand.