According to the British Golf Industry Association, approximately 4million adults in the UK play golf each year. That equates to around 8% of the UK population! With the recent gorgeous weather, courses and ranges will have been popular with golfers dusting off their clubs and getting in a round or two.
But does playing golf increase your risk of developing ‘golfer’s elbow’?
In short…No! This misleading name has very little connection to golf, in the same way that you are unlikely to develop tennis elbow from playing tennis (who knew!)
What is golfer’s elbow?
Also known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow is characterised by tenderness on the boney point on the inside of your elbow, where the muscles that work to flex your wrist and fingers attach.
Caused most commonly by any overuse gripping, rotating or flexion motion of your wrist, these repetitive motions can lead to tiny tears in the connective tendons. Pain is therefore increased when your wrist is moved and the muscles and tendon are put under load.
How can you treat golfer’s elbow?
– Rest – As with any acute injury, rest from the aggravating cause is always the first port of call. This should involve avoiding excessive gripping and rotation motion at the wrist in particular.
– Ice and anti-inflammatories – Pain can also be reduced with the use of these traditional soft tissue injury treatments.
– Stretches – The tiny tears in the muscles and tendons caused by overloading can result in the effected muscles feeling very tight. Gentle stretching of the wrist into an extended position with the elbow straight can help to reduce this tension.
– Taping and supports – These can be very useful in helping to off load the effected muscles and tendons.
Here at Comfort Health
If you are unsure of the cause of your elbow pain or would like assistance with treatment, book an appointment with one of our therapists who will be able to aid you with diagnosis and treatment, getting you back to your ‘golf’ as soon as possible.