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Elbow Injuries

Some of the common elbow injuries include:

Elbow Fractures: A fracture is a common injury to the elbow. Elbow fractures may result from a fall onto an outstretched wrist, a direct impact to the elbow or a twisting injury. Elbow fractures may cause severe pain, swelling, tenderness and painful movements. If a fracture is suspected, immediate intervention by Professor Bain is necessary. Surgery is often required if a bony displacement is observed. 

Golf Injuries to the Hand, Wrist or Elbow: Golf involves considerable action of the elbow and wrist. Insufficient strength and technique is a major cause for wrist and hand injuries in golfers. Common injuries in golfers include:

    • Tennis Elbow/Golfer's Elbow: Tennis elbow is the inflammation of muscles attachment on the outside of the elbow whereas tendonitis on the inner side of the elbow is golfer’s elbow. Overuse of the arms or a traumatic blow to the hand may cause tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. These injuries may cause severe pain and tenderness of the affected muscles that radiate down into the forearm, particularly with use of the hand and wrist. Adequate rest and immobility of the affected part helps the muscles to recover and modification of the activities helps in better healing. Heat therapy, followed by a stretching and strengthening exercises and then ice massage may offer be beneficial. A tennis elbow strap may relieve the pressure from the muscle attachment. Pain medications may be recommended to relieve the pain and inflammation.
    • Tendonitis: Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons to the wrist or elbow. Tendonitis is usually treated with adequate rest, splinting, ice application, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines may reduce the inflammation.
    • Hook of the hamate fracture: Fracture of the hook of the hamate bone, one of the small bones of the wrist, is another injury common in golfers. The hook of the hamate bone protrudes toward the palm, and is susceptible to injury when the club hits to the ground, as the handle crosses right over the bony hook during gripping the club. A splint or cast may be used if the fracture is seen soon after the injury. If there is continued pain, surgery is usually performed to remove the broken bone fragment.

Any problem causing pain, swelling, discolouration, numbness or a tingling sensation, or abnormal position of the hand, wrist, or elbow that persists for more than two or three weeks should be evaluated by Professor Bain to establish the cause and obtain the best treatment as early as possible.