Is Tiger Out of the Woods?: Golfer’s Elbow

Is Tiger out of the woods? Many people would believe so, especially after he suffered one of his worst defeats at the 2010 Ryder Cup. With all the personal issues going on in his life, it’s easy to be mentally unprepared. But it’s actually his golf swing that has everyone wondering if the best of Tiger has come and gone. Tiger has gone 19,488 hours and counting since winning his last major. He did undergo ACL Surgery in 2008, but looking at his golf swing it seems as if he should have had surgery for Golfer’s Elbow instead.

Dr. Ciccotti of Clinics in Sports Medicine has said that Medial Epicondylitis (better known as Golfer’s Elbow) “causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. The pain centers on the bony bump on the inside of your elbow and may radiate into the forearm.” Tiger Woods isn’t exactly diagnosed with Golfer’s Elbow, but if he was, his current golf swing is still 100 times better than the average golfer. Expert author Craig J. T. has found that 1 out of every 4 amateur golfers suffer from elbow complaints. MaxWell Medical wants you to improve your golf swing and minimize your pain with a few strengthening exercises and preventative methods for Golfer’s Elbow.

Our Registered Physical Therapist Melissa Soquite recommends four strengthening exercises to prevent Golfer’s Elbow. The following exercises are simple and can be incorporated into your daily activities. They Include:

  • Wrist Extenstion / Wrist Flexion Exercise In this exercise “hold a light object in your hand with your palm and bottom of your forearm facing the floor. Use your wrist to lift your hand to 90 degrees and lower back down.” We recommend doing 4 sets a day with at least 10 reps each set.
  • Forearm Pronation / Supination Exercise – In this exercise, you are required to “rest your elbows on a bench with approximately a 90 degree bend at the elbows and the dumbbells hanging freely off the edge of the pad. Rotate the dumbbells towards the floor while maintaining a neutral wrist.” We recommend doing 4-5 sets with at least 10 reps in each set.
  • Finger Extenstion With Rubber Band Exercise -“In this exercise you must place a thick rubber band around all your fingers, including your thumb. Force your fingers to push at the rubber band until your hand is mostly open.” Repeat this exercise 15-20 times, three times a day.
  • Ball Squeeze Exercise – In this exercise you are required to hold a soft stress ball in your hand and tighten your grip for a few seconds and then release. Repeat the exercise 15-20 times twice a day.

Our Medical facility thrives on helping you DO MORE. An elbow injury can be a minor set-back, but with the correct exercises and rehabilitation methods, you will be teeing off in no time. With MaxWell Medical, you can SWING FURTHER