Golfer’s Elbow is a common injury. It’s an inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse and this leads to pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow. One of the best ways to avoid elbow problems is to strengthen your forearm muscles and slow your golf swing so there’ll be less shock in the arm when the ball is hit. A couple simple exercises can help build up your forearm muscles. These can be done during the off season as well.
– Squeeze a tennis ball: squeeze tennis ball for 5 minutes at a time to strengthen your forearm muscles
– Wrist curls: using a lightweight dumbbell, lower the weight to the end of your fingers and then curl the weight back into your palm. Follow this by curling up your wrist to lift the weight an inch or two higher. Perform 10 reps with one arm and then repeat with the other arm.
– Reverse wrist curls: using a lightweight dumbbell, place your hands in front of you, palm side down. Using your wrist, lift the weight up and down. Hold the arm that you are exercising above your elbow with your other hand in order to limit the motion to your forearm. Perform 10 reps with one arm, and then repeat with the other arm.
If you’re having elbow pain, contact us for an appointment with one of our Orthopedic physicians.