It’s golf season! Mississauga has many great golf courses and I know many of us are itching to get outside and get in as many rounds as possible. As the season progresses and you get more rounds in, it’s not uncommon for your elbows to start bothering you. It may only happen at first when you’re gripping the clubs, but as time goes on, lingering pain can occur even when you’re not playing.
If this describes you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Elbow pain is one of the most common upper body injuries in golf. The good news is: this is usually a repetitive overload injury of the soft tissues around your elbow. The bad news is: without proper care this may not go away with rest alone and may even progress to become a chronic tendinitis/tear.
There are two major muscle groups that encompass the elbow: the wrist flexors and the wrist extensors. The wrist flexors are the muscles along the inside of your elbow, and repetitive strain of these muscles is what we commonly call “golfer’s elbow”. The wrist extensors are the muscles along the outside of your elbow, and repetitive strain of these muscles is what we commonly refer to as “tennis elbow”. The irony is, both muscle groups are used for grip and as a result, golf can cause strain in both the flexors and extensors of the elbow.
What can be done for this? Since overloading the tissue is often the biggest contributor to this pain, sometimes just backing off on the frequency of play can make a huge difference on the severity of symptoms and for mild cases. However, if you find that your elbow pain persists even after a week of rest, you should consider seeing a physiotherapist.
Our physiotherapists at Peak Form Physiotherapy in Mississauga will assess your elbow pain and determine the best course of treatment for you. They will also identify any underlying issues and teach you specific stretches and/or exercises to strengthen the muscles around the elbow to help reduce the likelihood of re-injury while playing golf.
Contact us today to make an appointment for your consultation with one of our physiotherapists.
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