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If you have had golfer's elbow, then you know firsthand that sudden, shooting pain feeling when you play a shot. Whether a drive, a wedge, or even a short chip shot, golfer's elbow can be quite the nuisance. Most folks know what causes golfer's elbow and how to treat it, but surprisingly few golfers know how, or take measures, to prevent it.
Golfer's elbow is chronic pain just below the inside of your elbow joint. This is where the upper arm bone meets the forearm and several muscles and tendons are connected.
The symptoms of golfer's elbow are pain, swelling, and weakening of strength in and use of your fingers.
Golfer's elbow is caused by repetitive stress on the tendons in your arm. Gripping the club, hinging your wrists, swinging the club, and making contact with the ball and ground can all cause stress in the tendons in your arms.
The treatment for golfer's elbow is to stop playing golf. With time, it usually goes away on its own. For serious cases of golfer's elbow, a doctor may recommend cortisone shots and even surgery.
To prevent golfer's elbow, there are common sense measures that every golfer should abide by such as not hitting so many balls on the range, not playing when injured, and being aware of how your body feels and what that feeling is telling you. In addition to these common sense measures, there are three specific measures that are important to take and that help prevent golfer's elbow.
Don't wait for the pain to come. Consider the wise advice of Benjamin Franklin, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Or better yet, as Larry the Cable Guy would say, "Don't get golfer's elbow in the first place!"