Treatments for Golfer's Elbow

By Robert Preston
Golfer's elbow, or tendinitis, is a condition that usually requires rest and some physical therapy.
Golfer's elbow, or tendinitis, is a condition that usually requires rest and some physical therapy.

Golfer's elbow is a form of tendinitis, similar to the more well-known tennis elbow, in which a golfer feels pain in his elbow. The pain is caused by irritation in the joint from inflammation, brought on by the repetition of the swinging motion that a golfer uses to move his ball around the course.

Equipment Selection

While choosing the proper equipment to combat your golfer's elbow cannot guarantee that the problem will not come back, choosing equipment which lowers the vibrations passing through and into the elbow can help to minimize inflammation, decreasing the frequency and severity of occurrences. Wearing a golf glove on each hand offers extra padding to help absorb some of the shock of a swing, and wrapping tape around the grips of the club will create a thicker shift to grab, so you do not have to squeeze as tight. Lower compression balls will reduce kickback into the golfer's arms, while forged heads and steel shafts send more vibrations when hit wrong. Golfer's elbow sufferers should consider a switch to graphite shafts.

On the Course

The simplest way to combat pain related to golfer's elbow is to monitor the amount of time spent playing. Golfer's elbow is an injury brought about through repetition of the swinging process, so by limiting the number of swings taken you reduce the likelihood of inflammation. Cutting back on pre-round swings at the driving range, as well as cutting down on the number of practice swings taken before shots, reduces the chances for inflammation, however for golfers that play several times a week, cutting back on the frequency of the rounds themselves may be needed to combat the pain. After a round is completed, the elbow can be iced to reduce inflammation.

Medical Help

If preventative measures are not enough to stop gofler's elbow from flaring up, medical assistance can be sought. Over-the-counter medication can be taken, and can often help with mild cases of golfer's elbows, as anti-inflammation drugs can be used to prevent the swelling that leads to pain. In more severe cases, prescription drugs can be prescribed by a doctor, who may also attempt to address the injury through the use of injections or surgical repair.

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