Golf Pain - Pain in the Elbow
Elbow pain, specifically golf pain, may be caused by poor mechanics or by using an ill-suited set of clubs. A professional golfer, once hurt himself and stopped playing for three months. After that he practiced with plastic balls for a month, taking it easy on his elbow. While your injuries may not be as severe, it is a good idea to consult with a physician with any persisting pain.
Medical Epicondylitis – Golfer’s Elbow
You may not have heard of medical epicondylitis but you’ve most likely heard of Golfer’s Elbow. It causes inflammation and pain in the elbow, according to the Mayo clinic. Damage to the wrist and tendons contribute to the pain which radiates down the side of the elbow to the wrist.
Related to repeated stress on the fingers and elbows, golfers elbow affects many. A sudden stop in the swing such as striking a root or catching the ground can both contribute to the condition. According to Web MD repetitive use of the forearm muscles can contribute to golfer’s elbow as well. Tearing of tendons around the wrist can happen with overuse of muscles in the forearm.
Decoding the symptoms of Golf Pain
The Mayo clinic suggests you look for tingling and numbness in and around the elbow. Some golfers experience pain when turning a door knob or shaking hands. If the elbow is warm or there is persistent pain, a physician should be contacted.
The PGA suggests using graphite clubs as they transmit less shock to the hands. Reducing this shock is very helpful in reducing pain. Another temporary solution for sore muscles and joints would be to use a topical analgesic, pain reliever, such as OrthoGel. Visiting a pro golfer could help quite a bit as they could help golfer’s select the proper clubs and adjust the mechanics of their swings.