Although golf is not a sport that requires excessive force or high impact like tennis, injuries to the lower back, elbow, wrist, and shoulders are common.
The golf swing is a repetitive, complex, and combined movement that involves an effort throughout the body that, being so frequent, can affect the tendons or muscles, causing pain, discomfort, or injury.
Pain in the inner elbow is called Golfer's Elbow.
This condition causes discomfort at the junction of the tendons of the forearm muscles, often extending down the forearm and wrist.
Other factors that may contribute to the development of golfer's elbow are lack of or poor warm-up before physical activity, improper hitting, or poor pitching.
Pain on the inside of the elbow, which is worse when specific movements are performed
Weakness or decrease in strength of the hands or wrists
Pain at launch or swing
Rigidity in the elbow
Tingling that can be felt in the little and ring fingers
Golfer's elbow is diagnosed after a medical evaluation, where possibly your doctor will request some imaging studies to show the presence of inflammation or tearing in the tendons of the elbow.
Golfer's elbow is a condition that can be prevented by taking appropriate measures:
Warm-up before any physical activity
Do frequent muscle strengthening exercises
Gradually increase your swing practice and efforts while playing until you reach your desired level without having caused more damage than benefits
Use the right equipment
Learn to rest properly and not to overuse your elbow
This condition is not only limited to athletes who practice golf, but it can also develop in: football players, baseball, archery, javelin, tennis, weightlifting... But not only athletes are prone to it, but also cooks, butchers, plumbers, painters, people who regularly work with computers, among other occupations that require intense and repetitive movements that are practiced for more than an hour, many days a week.
When to see your doctor
In case of presenting any of the mentioned symptoms or if the pain in the elbow persists, it is essential to consult an Orthopedic or Traumatology specialist to diagnose any problems related to Muscle Cramps and muscle aches and start treatment to control your symptoms.
When consulting your Orthopedist or Traumatologist, try to keep a record of your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.
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