Do you have Golfer’s Elbow?

by Kaushal Bhuta

What it is and what you should do about it.

Tennis Elbow is a commonly used term thrown around, but did you know that it does not only affect tennis players?  The condition also strikes Golfers, typists, gardeners, people who write a lot and any other activity you can think of that involves the use of the elbow.

The term is used for pain that strikes the outside part of the elbow.  However, with Golfers, it also strikes the inner part of the elbow. If severe enough, the pain can radiate down to the hand & forearm. The condition can cause you to drop coffee cups and find difficulty in turning door handles or gripping objects. The most common cause is usually repetitive overuse of the muscles of the elbow, forearm or wrist and hence is commonly seen in those who may suffer from poor technique (which if you chose your friends carefully, is the guy you play with!).

So how do you get rid of it? Overuse of the muscle usually cause “knots” in the muscle, technically known as “trigger points”. These trigger points are areas of altered circulation, which need to be massaged out. Exercises need to be given to strengthen the muscle which would have become weakened from the injury. For a brief period of time, while the muscles are being strengthened a support may need to be worn to prevent restrain during activities of daily living. If the condition was caused by Golf then technique needs to be corrected.

The laws of golf

LAW 1: No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come. This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the course of a tournament, a summer and, eventually, a lifetime.

LAW 2: Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.

LAW 3: Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water.

LAW 4: Golf balls never bounce off trees back into play. If one does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut down.

LAW 5: No matter what causes a golfer to muff a shot, all his playing partners must solemnly chant “You looked up,” or invoke the wrath of the universe.