A golf swing requires movement of nearly every part of the body. Joints twist, bend and rotate, exerting force and causing pressure throughout the body’s bones, tendons and ligaments. Accordingly, sprains and strains are the most common injuries.
A condition known as golfer’s elbow can cause pain on the inside of the elbow as a result of a torn tendon attachment to the bone. Golfer’s elbow is generally associated with pain when gripping. A less common injury is a fracture of the hand which happens when the force of the swing is directed back through the club when striking the ground during an errant swing.
Prevention and Treatment
Appropriately sized clubs are important for prevention and serious golfers are well-advised to have their swing evaluated for proper mechanics. Rest is important for both prevention and recovery. When prevention is no longer an option, our main treatments are ice, anti-inflammatories, stretching and steroid injections. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remedy pain and allow the golfer to get back to the course.