Common Golf Injuries Of The Wrist And Hands
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive stress disorder in the nerves
of the hands, resulting in pain in the tendons where though to where
they pass through the wrist to be inserted in the lower forearm.
Symptoms: numbness and tingling of the fingers,
particularly at night. Weakness in the hand is also common, resulting
in clumsiness and inability to perform normal household tasks, especially
those requiring small, strong movements such as cooking.
Treatments: Rest, medication, splinting, surgery.
Trigger Finger is when the flexor tendon of the finger locks up,
causing the finger position to mimic that of being ‘on the
trigger’. Trigger finger can cause a finger or fingers to
lock up. The condition is caused when the flexor tendon sheath,
through which the finger tendons run, is inhibited.
Symptoms: Painful locking and snapping of the
Treatments: Cortisone, surgery.
Wrist Impaction Syndrome
Wrist Impaction Syndrome is another repetitive stress condition
where the bones of the wrist bang into one another.
Symptoms: Pain and tenderness on the top of the
wrist [usually on the right side] at the top of the backswing.
Treatments: rest, splinting, cortisone, or, rarely,
ECU Tendon Subluxation
ECU Tendon Subluxation is caused when the sheath holding the wrist
tendon to the ulna begins sliding in and out of its groove.
Symptoms: Painful clicking in the wrist near the
knobby bump at the end of the ulna bone.
Treatments: Casting, surgery to repair the torn
DeQuervains Tendonitis is caused by inflammation in the tendons
that control the thumb, resulting in pain in the wrist near the
base of the thumb.
Symptoms: Pain typically occurs at the left wrist
at the top of the backswing [for right handed golfers].
Treatments: rest, medication, thumb spica splinting,
therapy, cortisone, surgery
Fracture Of The Hamate Bone
The hamate bone is a small bone on the pinky side of the wrist.
Most golfers grip their clubs with the butt-end of the club right
up against the hook of the hamate during the swing, leading to fracture
of this tiny prominence.
Symptoms: Pain and tenderness in left palm, numbness
in ring and pinky fingers.
Treatments: Surgery, casting.
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