The painful Golfer’s Elbow – a condition where you experience pain in the tendons that attach your forearm to that bone inside your elbow, also known at the ‘funny bone’.
Well this pain isn’t so funny, is it? Golfer’s Elbow can cause pain to spread right down your arm and even into your forearm and wrist.
Keep these 6 handy tips in mind to avoid those ‘not-so-funnies’ that come with Golfer’s Elbow:
- Channel your inner Hulk and strengthen those forearm muscles. Grab some light dumbbells and ‘pump’ your arms up and down, or even hold a spare tennis ball and squeeze it as tight as possible. Absorbing the energy of sudden physical stress is key, so any small movements will help strengthen these muscles.
- Stretching leads to strengthening. Warming up your muscles is vital so take a quick jog or stroll to get those muscles pumped for the activity ahead. Thereafter, initiate a few gentle stretches to fire up your muscles and keep them awake.
- Mirror check – how’s your form? Make sure your stance, posture, form and weight are all as they should be. No matter the sport, form is so important and whether it is your coach or companion, get someone to correct or comment on yours. Make mental notes of any pain or discomfort you may feel as your ‘set up to the ball’ and when you take the back- and downswings.
- Your irons are important. The quality of your equipment matters and if you are using either old golfing irons or a small-grip tennis racket, perhaps now is the time for an upgrade. Consider purchasing lightweight graphite golf clubs or a tennis racket with a bigger grip and lighter head, to avoid elbow problems that could lead to serious injury. Remember too that practice makes perfect so take the time to get familiar with the grip and power in holding your clubs the correct way.
- Lift legitimately. Wrists are not our body’s strongest joints. To ensure minimal strain and force to your elbows, be sure to keep your wrists rigid and stable when lifting anything, even those light free weights. Remember that irons have weight too so ensure that your when you set up for your L-shaped backswing, your arms and shoulders form a triangle. Your weight must be distributed evenly so your elbows can carry the weight of your iron as you make the swing.
- Rest for recovery. Elbow pain can occur in seconds and seem to come from nowhere. As a precautionary measure, at the first sign of any pain and discomfort to your elbow, let that muscle rest. Give it a solid week and if the pain continues, consider your options for pain relief.
Golfer’s Elbow can lead to a lengthy recovery period and further complications that could later result in a worsened injury. If the pain becomes unbearable, consider Regenexx’s Stem Cell & Platelet Rich Plasma Procedure – they are the world’s most advanced regenerative injection treatments and could be the answer to getting you back in the game, quicker.