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Golf Exercise Programs for Treating and Preventing Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is a condition that causes pain where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. The pain might spread into your forearm and wrist.

Golfer’s elbow is similar to tennis elbow, which occurs on the outside of the elbow This injury is quite often defined as an overuse injury which is caused by the certain repetitive actions.

Golfer’s elbow can be defined by:

  • Pain and tenderness. Usually felt on the inner side of your elbow, the pain sometimes extends along the inner side of your forearm. Pain typically worsens with certain movements.
  • Your elbow may feel stiff, and making a fist might hurt.
  • You may have weakness in your hands and wrists.
  • Numbness or tingling. These sensations might radiate into one or more fingers — usually the ring and little fingers.

The pain of golfer’s elbow can come on suddenly or gradually. The pain might worsen with certain movements, such as swinging a golf club.

Symptoms develop over time and may gradually worsen over weeks or months. Treatment usually includes the following:

  • rest
  • ice
  • anti-inflammatory
  • using a brace or compression

Usually when a player first suffers this injury, they need to reduce the inflammation and rest the irritated muscles.

Once this discomfort subsides, the player should then start considering doing exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the forearm and prevent the injury from reoccurring.

Here is an example of a stretch that assists with Golfers Elbow:

Golfers Elbow Stretch

How to Do:

  • Extend left arm in front of you with palm facing up.
  • Use right hand to pull back on the fingers of your left hand and press left elbow up until you feel the stretch.
  • Hold for 15seconds then relax.
  • Repeat 2x

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