Golfer’s Elbow, known in the medical profession as Medial Epicondylitis, is a common injury among, you guessed it, golfers. This injury leads to inside elbow pain. According to Golf Week Magazine, the average professional golfer takes 60-70 strokes per round of golf. However, for those of us who are amateurs and not quite that efficient, we can expect to swing around 100 times on the course. These numbers do not include any swings needed to warm up and or practice. Due to the highly repetitive nature of golf, if a golfer has poor swinging mechanics or weak forearm muscles, this swinging motion can irritate the muscles and tendons of the forearm that actively work to flex the wrist and grip the golf club. The muscles become tight from overuse, and extra tension is placed on the tendon of the muscles that connects into the inside part of the elbow. Over time, this chronic tightness will likely lead to changes in the way the muscles and tendons move, resulting in inside elbow pain and joint dysfunction.
Our chiropractors at Arlington Pain and Rehab are no strangers to elbow pain, and frequently assess, diagnose and treat Golfer’s Elbow. After assessing and diagnosing the cause of elbow pain in golfers, your Arlington Pain and Rehab Chiropractor will set up a treatment plan and help you take care of the root cause of the pain by working on using proper mechanics in the golf swing and everyday life, helping to mitigate future pain. Depending upon what the chiropractor sees as the best plan of attack, treatment plans would include any combination of modalities to induce blood flow such as ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cupping, and laser therapy.
The treatment plan will also include stretching and strengthening exercises to help correct the problem so that the golfer, whether amateur or professional, can continue to golf and enjoy their passion. One stretch that will relieve tightness in the forearms is the quadruped wrist flexor stretch. Begin on all fours with your hips over your knees and shoulders over your hands, palms on the ground. Turn your hands so your fingers are pointing towards your knees and keep your elbows straight. Once in position, sit slightly back towards your heels until a stretch is felt in the forearms. Hold 1-2 minutes and repeat 3 times. To strengthen the forearm muscles, perform wrist flexion and extension exercises. While seated, hold a small weight in one hand and rest your elbow on your knee. The hand should be hanging over the edge of the knee so the wrist is free to move. With your palm facing up, slowly curl the weight up and in toward you, then control the weight down and away from you. Perform 10-15 reps, 3 sets each arm. Once finished, do the same thing but with the palm facing down toward the ground. Slowly lift the weight up toward you, then control the weight down toward the ground. Same thing: 10-15 reps, 3 sets each arm.
At Arlington Pain and Rehab, we want to help you feel better so that you can continue to enjoy your life and passions. It is important to us to treat you so that you can stay active. While Golfer’s Elbow is an overuse injury, and the elbow pain may sideline you for a short time, we know that it won’t keep you off the course. It is important to rest the injury until elbow pain subsides, and the treatment plan provided is designed to reduce elbow pain and fix the root cause of the problem, getting you back out on the course faster. Golfer’s elbow is very treatable when diagnosed and treated correctly, and the chiropractors at Arlington Pain and Rehab, with their years of experience in the field, can be trusted to educate you on elbow pain and help you get back out on the course, swinging away.
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