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Treatment for Golfer's Elbow

Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow can be simple or complicated, depending on the seriousness of the condition. Some of the best treatment options for the condition include:

1.Icing The Affected Area

Ice serves as a very good treatment for Golfer’s Elbow as it has numbing properties and reduces swelling by restricting blood flow to the injured area. Icing your fingers, wrist, elbow and forearm helps greatly in the reduction of pain. Wrap packs of ice in a very clean towel and then apply to the affected area for about 25 to 30 minutes at a time, 5 times a day. You can also reduce the pain on your elbow by massaging the affected area with ice about 5 to 7 minutes at a time every 6 to 7 hours a day. Alternatively you could consider using Cold Compression Therapy designed for the elbow.

2. Rest

If you have golfer’s elbow, you should avoid vigorous activities as they can only worsen the condition and slow the healing process. Do not participate in games that require too much energy such as racket sports, golf and baseball until you have fully recovered from golfer’s elbow.

3. Support Your Elbow

If you have golfer’s elbow, it is advisable for you to wrap your affected elbow with a clean elastic bandage or one of the special types of Elbow Braces/Supports available, such as the Bodymedics Elbow Strap. This not only helps in the reduction of pain, but also assists in healing the condition faster. Whenever you have a bandage or brace on your elbow, you should always maintain a rigid position of your wrist during any of your lifting activities.

4. Medication

Taking anti-inflammatory medications is considered to be one of the best treatments for Golfer’s Elbow. Aspirin, acetaminophen naproxen and ibuprofen are just some of the most recommended over-the-counter drugs that can help you in treating the condition. If these drugs fail to treat the condition effectively, then your doctor might recommend that you get cortisone shots in order to reduce the swelling and pain faster.

5. Stretching and Exercising

Doing simple exercises and stretches can also help you in the treatment of Golfer’s Elbow. Some recommended exercises and stretches include lateral flexion, rubber band stretch, range-of-motion-exercise and weighted wrist flexion. These exercises and stretches help in the strengthening of the tendons and muscles involved with golfer’s elbow and they can also prevent the condition from recurring.

Aside from being treated, Golfer’s Elbow can also be prevented from occurring. The following are some of the best preventive measures that can assist you in avoiding Golfer’s elbow:

i) Lift Smartly

Whenever you are lifting anything, ensure that your wrist is rigid and steady in order to minimize the force transferred to your elbow.

ii) Warm Up

Before you start participating in your sporting activity, you should warm up your muscles by walking, jogging and stretching gently for a few minutes.

iii) Strengthen your Forearm muscles

You can do this by lifting light weights, squeezing a golf ball or doing simple arm exercises.

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