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Golfer’s Elbow? Don’t Miss Out on the Short Season!

| June 19, 2013 | Reply

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Ready… Set… Golf!

Golfers don’t want to miss out on the short summer season! Golfing is not your grandfather’s sport anymore and many people do not realize the stress that it can put on your shoulders, elbows, knees and back.  Look at the force that Tiger Woods puts through his joints when he tee’s off, this would have likely led to his need for knee surgery at such a young age. Rain checks are bad.  Injuries are worse.  And Golfer’s elbow is an all too common golfing injury.

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

It is usually characterised by a pain on the medial epicondyle.  This is the boney area on the inside of your elbow close to your funny bone.  If it is painful to touch this area and the pain is made worse by straightening your elbow and turning your wrist outward at the same time you likely have Golfer’s elbow.

How to Help Prevent Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is preventable and mild cases can be treated by following a few simple tips:

  • Before you hit your first ball (driving range included) get your blood flowing by a quick 10 min walk and stretch out your elbows and wrists. Right handed golfers mainly get golfer’s elbow in their right elbow, lefties in their left elbow.
  • Take some practice swings before you hit your first ball.  This will allow the fluid you have in your joints to lube them and prepare for the stress that will be put through them.
  • Only hit a small bucket of balls your first few times out.  Remember you have not done this motion for a whole winter so your body needs to ease back into it.
  • Leave your big dog at home.  I know you want to break in your new driver but the temptation to swing for the fences is too high.  Give your body a few rounds to adjust to the motions and stress of golfing again then break her in!
  • If you feel any twinges in your elbow take a break, stretch it out.  If the pain does not subside you may need to consult a physiotherapist.  (This goes for soreness in your back, shoulders or knees too!)
  • If you are feeling repeated pain in your golf game, consult your favourite Capilano physiotherapist.  Like all injuries early treatment can help you “elbow your way” back onto the links faster and pain free.

Some Stretches for Before You Hit the Links

Forearm stretch: With arm bent at 90 degrees at your side palm up.  Use your other hand to help pull your hand down and back until you feel a stretch in your forearm on the side closest to your body.
 With arm bent at 90 degrees at your side palm up. Use your other hand to help pull your hand down and back until you feel a stretch in your forearm on the side closest to your body.
With your palm up bend your elbow and wrist towards your shoulder.  Use your other hand to gently apply pressure down.
With your palm up bend your elbow and wrist towards your shoulder. Use your other hand to gently apply pressure down.
With arm bent at your side face your palm down.  With other hand help pull fingers down and back.  Slowly straighten arm until a stretch is felt in your forearm by your elbow.
With arm bent at your side face your palm up. With other hand help pull fingers forwards (towards shoulder) and up. Slowly straighten arm until a stretch is felt in your forearm by your elbow.
With arm bent at your side face your palm up.  With other hand help pull fingers down and back.  Slowly straighten arm until a stretch is felt in your elbow.  
With arm bent at your side face your palm up. With other hand help pull fingers down and back. Slowly straighten arm until a stretch is felt in your elbow.

For more information on how we can help Golfer’s elbow check out:

http://capilanorehab.com/tennis-or-golfers-elbow-heals-better-recovers-faster-with-graston-physiotherapy/

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Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104

Category: Active Living, Golfer's elbow, Golfing injuries, Healthy Living

About the Author ()

I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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