How many times have you heard from a medical doctor, doctor of physical therapy, or other medical professionals say "You have golfer's elbow?"
Then you start to think...
"What's causing it?"
"How can I make the pain go away?"
We get the frustration... We've been there ourselves. But hopefully, this article can help you understand what might be happening when you have elbow pain as a golfer, and how to address it. The purpose of this article is to dive into the anatomy of the elbow and potential causes of elbow pain in golfers. First, let us just say, the elbow is a complex structure to examine as a sports physical therapist and sports medicine physician. Mainly because the body has a lot of anatomical structures that may be causing discomfort locally in the area. But also, patients can experience pain that is referred from the cervical spine (i.i Neck) and chest area. So, let's dive into it!
The elbow Is made up of your arm bone (humerus) and two bones...
Did you know you there are more than 70 joints in this area we call the thoracic spine?
Yes, there are 12 vertebrae in your thoracic spine, but each single vertebrae has multiple joints associated with it.
There are joints from thoracic vertebrae to thoracic vertebrae and also joints from rib to vertebrae.
That means many areas for motion to come from, but that also means a lot places for stiffness. Stiffness and limitations in ranges of motion are the more common problem that people face in the thoracic spine, especially as you age.
If you are reading this, then chances are you may be dealing with the problem mentioned above, and you may also be wondering - “how can I decrease the stiffness in this area.”
By the end of this blog, my goal is that you will have gained some solutions and actionable steps to find relief and improved range of motion in your thoracic spine.
The design of the thoracic spine is to act as a protective shield for our internal organs, but it...
Let's Talk About Posture!!
We're willing to bet that you don't think about posture every time you set up to the ball and swing the club! Of course not... why would you?
But, posture is one important component of the golf swing and the posture you play with could be hurting your game or helping your game!
"Posture - the position someone holds their body when standing or sitting."
Posture is one of the most important things in the golf swing! Golf is a game of posture and you have to maintain your posture throughout the swing and throughout the course of 18 holes to be successful!
So, let us ask you a few questions....
Are you finding you are inconsistent with ball striking? Hitting it thin or hitting it thick?
Are you dealing with back pain in your golf swing?
Do you feel like you get a little sloppy towards the end of the round?
If so, then it could be traced back to a problem with your posture! Let's discuss why that may be.
First, there are basically...
Can we ask you a few questions?
If you answered yes to one of these things then we would like to say 1) We're sorry you've been struggling with that and 2) We're really excited because we think you're about to have an epiphany and begin to re-write that narrative and return to playing pain-free and consistent golf.
One of the populations that we love to serve and are so passionate about is our golfers! Matter of fact, it is a mission of ours to help 1,000 golfers to overcome injury and nagging back pain on the course, regain their mobility, increase their distance and consistency, and help them play golf for many years to come!
Throughout our experience in helping...
If you're reading this and you've seen the blog on the Golfer's Pyramid, then fantastic!! If not, go and check that one out!!
The "Golfer's Journey" is related to the Golfer's Pyramid but this blog's purpose is to give more of an outline on the necessary steps, the 9-steps to be specific, on how you can go from a golfer is injured, stiff, and inconsistent to a golfer who plays when he wants, shoots lower scores, and feels great on of the course.
One of the biggest mistakes golfers make when deciding on getting help for their injury or when trying to work on their fitness is not starting by getting a golf-specific assessment with a provider who truly understands them. I'm talking about getting with someone who understands athletes and understands the demands, movements, and strategies it takes to put yourself in the best position to play golf well and lower your risk for losing time on the course due to injury.
The second mistake that tends to happen a golfer's...