Treat your elbow injury properly to avoid off time.
Tendons connect muscles to bones, and when you do things like put a death grip on a golf club and hit an entire pyramid of range balls, the muscles around your elbows often become bruised or torn. The acute pain you feel on the inside (golfer’s elbow) or outside (tennis elbow) of the joint “is a very common problem for golfers,” says Golf Digest
tness advisor Dr Ara Suppiah. The following are his recommendations for treatment and rehabilitation. Reduce the pain by icing the area for 20 minutes every so often during the rst few days while taking doctorapproved, anti-in ammatory drugs like naproxen sodium (Aleve), Suppiah says.Wearing a compression sleeve or brace can increase blood ow and healing agents to the area. Some braces are even designed for sleeping.“Go easy on that arm for a few weeks,” Suppiah says.“Avoid lifting heavy objects, playing golf, etc. The pain is a reminder to take a break.”
If the pain doesn’t subside after a few weeks, consider a corticosteroids injection. It’s very e ective for pain management. Still, you should have no more than three in a lifetime.“Too many can cause tissue damage,” Suppiah says.
Other treatments to consider are low-intensity ultra- sound therapy (think of it as an internal massage of an in
amed joint) or platelet-rich plasma injections, Suppiah says. For PRP, blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge until platelets (which contain healing agents) are concentrated. They are then injected back into the elbow. Neither is typically covered by medical aid, Suppiah says.“PRP is more e ective, but you usually need three shots and six weeks to recover,” he says.
Another radical procedure for tendinitis isTopaz.A needle emitting radio waves is injected into the tendon, creating small traumas that prompt healing agents into the area – like a jump-start for the natural recovery process.There has yet to be any scienti c study con rming that Topaz works for elbow tendinitis, only anecdotally based endorsements from doctors, Suppiah says.
“The last resort is surgery, an arthroscopic tendon release,” Suppiah says.“But it might be necessary if you suffer from repeated issues with the tendons – tendinosis – and nothing else works.” –