Golf may not be the most physically intensive sport, but extended play can lead to issues such as pain and inflammation around the muscles near your elbows, commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow. Fitness advisor and Doctor Ara Suppiah provides his expertise on how to deal with and treat this common issue.
At the early stages of Golfer’s Elbow, Dr. Suppiah advises icing the affected area for about 20 minutes intermittently for a few days. In addition, one should use anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve during this period. Dr. Suppiah also suggests wearing a brace on the affected area in order to increase blood flow and stimulate the healing process. During this time, one should rest the affected arm and avoid strenuous activity such as heavy lifting or playing golf.
If, after a few weeks, the pain has not subsided, Dr. Suppiah recommends considering other options. A simple and hassle-free choice is a corticosteroids injection, which is very effective and usually covered by insurance.
More complex treatment options include low-intensity ultrasound therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP). While both methods are usually not covered by insurance, Dr. Suppiah hails PRP as an effective method, although three shots are usually needed, as well as a rest period of about six weeks. The ultrasound therapy usually goes for $50-$100 a treatment, while PRP can cost you up to $1,000.
Alternatively, Scarsdale, N.Y. native and physical therapist Tim Tyler has developed his own method for treating Golfer’s Elbow, dubbed the Reverse Tyler Twist.
To see a detailed diagram of his method, as well as more details on treating Golfer’s Elbow, head over to http://www.golfdigest.com/story/fitness-friday-relieve-elbow-pain-with-these-simple-steps.