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Common Golf Injuries Of The Wrist And Hands

 

Please Note: I am not a medical advisor - the following content is informational only. Please consult a registered physician.

 

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

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 finger.

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, surgery.

 

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 tendon sheath.

 

DeQuervains Tendonitis

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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