Injuries to the arm: hand, wrist and elbow are very common among golf players of all levels. Swinging a golf club is a complicated movement that involves many parts of the body moving together. The more complicated one thing is, the more likely it can have problems. Thus golf related injuries may happen due to various reasons including bad technique, swinging too hard, or simply accidentally hitting the ground very hard whiletrying to hit the ball.
Here are some common injuries:
• Wrist injury and wrist ligament injury: these will cause wrist pain and causing the noise while rotating the wrist;
• Wrist myotenositis : this usually happens on the leading hand (if you are right handed, then it is your left hand; if you are left handed then it is your right hand);
• Golf Elbow: a.k.a. internal humeral epicondylitis, is also a kind of painful myotenositis on the inside of the elbow. It is caused by over extension of wrist muscle. However, tennis elbow---external humeral epicondylitis is more common among golfers.
• Carpal bones fracture: this is caused by accidently hitting the ground with much the club. If the hit is hard enough, the carpal bones inside the wrist may break. Pain is usually felt at the base of wrist;
• Palm blood vessel damage: this is caused by the handle of the club pressing against the palm in swings and hits. The symptoms are red and swollen palm, and pain in the palm caused by blood circulation disturbance to the fingers as a result.
These are most common golf injuries, and here are how to deal with them:
• Stop playing golf immediately;
• Immediately apply ice pad for 24 to 48 hours;
• Ask an experienced acupuncturist for treatment, not necessarily after applying ice pad;
• Take treatment and wait at least one week before going back to play.
One can minimize the damage of golf related injuries if he strictly follows these instructions. However, the best way to minimize the damage is to train properly, and to have an acupuncture doctor ready to help you at any time.