Golfing can be a relaxing and sun-soaked activity, especially since Summer has arrived. As with any summer activity, there are always things to look out for. In this case, Golfer’s Elbow is one of them.
The proper term for Golfer’s Elbow is known as medial epicondylitis which is an inflammation of the tendon on the bony prominence, also known as the epicondyle, on the inside of the elbow. The forceful repetition of swinging the club during golf can cause the epicondyle to become inflamed because it is where the muscles are working to move the wrist and fingers. The symptoms for this injury include swelling inside the elbow and weakness in the hand and forearm.
There are several causes for Golfer’s Elbow. The first is overuse. Excessive strokes can lead to inflammation of the forearm muscles. Rear hand swings are also overused during golf, causing excessive strain on the muscles in that arm. Another form of overuse occurs when golfers miss the ball during a stroke and end up hitting the ground. This can cause injury to the flexor muscles and start an inflammation process.
If you are suffering from Golfer’s Elbow, here are some ways to help ease the pain:
After seeking medical treatment, you may be prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication to help with the pain. In rare cases, surgery may be required to release the tension on the epicondyle and remover scar tissue.
Physical therapy is also an option that will help decrease pain and inflammation. It allows the patient to strengthen their elbow and restore flexibility. There are techniques used that include phonophoresis, an ultrasound to introduce anti-inflammatory medication with the use of electric currents. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercise will be performed in order to get back on the road to recovery.
Before returning to the golf course, professional help on how to properly swing may decrease your chances greatly from receiving another injury. There are different techniques on the grip, positioning, and the stress that you put on your muscles. Make sure to always warm-up before playing and have fun!