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Am 49 years old, played golf off and on since I was 17. Never knew how to properly hold a club or really how to hit a golf ball. It was baseball grip and whack away. Started back playing about 11 months ago and decided to try to do it right. Read that my old grip could cause shoulder, elbow, and wrist problems so I started getting the grip out of my palms and hitting down on the ball. Well after about ten rounds got a pain in my elbow and it has lasted for two months.

Tried ice, Advil and a topical cream a member here suggested, nothing helped. Broke down saw a doctor he said it was tennis elbow. Got a steroid shot in the elbow ( hurt like hell ) going to see a PT, got a cushion type elbow brace and prescription for anti-inflamatory.

Also told no golf for a week ( hurt more than the shot ) Anyone else been through this ? any hope of it ever really going away ?

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If you search, you'll find a couple of good threads on it. FWIW, tennis and golf elbow are 2 different things. Tennis elbow affects the outside of the elbow and golf affects the inside ( the side closest to your body).

Generally. Ice. anti-inflamatories, and rest are what you need. Probably more than one week rest too....

As you'll find out in PT, there are good stretching exercises to help healing and prevent recurrence too. Most get through it just fine, even though it can be a bit of a pain.....
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Originally Posted by David in FL View Post

If you search, you'll find a couple of good threads on it. FWIW, tennis and golf elbow are 2 different things. Tennis elbow affects the outside of the elbow and golf affects the inside ( the side closest to your body).

Generally. Ice. anti-inflamatories, and rest are what you need. Probably more than one week rest too....

As you'll find out in PT, there are good stretching exercises to help healing and prevent recurrence too. Most get through it just fine, even though it can be a bit of a pain.....

As David points out, stretching exercises do help. I experienced elbow pain, did the simple wrist bending stretches, bought this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FML7SW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Seemed to help, and use composite or graphite shafts in my clubs.

 

It may also help if you have adequate bounce in your irons -- if you're a digger, not enough bounce will tear up your shoulder, elbows, etc.as that club will dig in the ground and not come out easily.  And check out the swing ... you may be coming in too steep.

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As David points out, stretching exercises do help. I experienced elbow pain, did the simple wrist bending stretches, bought this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FML7SW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Seemed to help, and use composite or graphite shafts in my clubs.

 

It may also help if you have adequate bounce in your irons -- if you're a digger, not enough bounce will tear up your shoulder, elbows, etc.as that club will dig in the ground and not come out easily.  And check out the swing ... you may be coming in too steep.

Thanks for the responses. Ping G20 irons so I think bounce is OK. Still more of a picker, very small divots. Searched and found the stretching exercises will try those. Thanks for the help !

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Thanks for the responses. Ping G20 irons so I think bounce is OK. Still more of a picker, very small divots. Searched and found the stretching exercises will try those. Thanks for the help !

We are all here to help.

 

You might try the band -- I was able to play without pain when wearing it.

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Sounds like you tried the CT ream I recommended. If it didn't work, you may not have tried it long enough. It does work. The painin my elbows was pretty severe too. It is a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. Hope you find something that works.
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Sounds like you tried the CT ream I recommended. If it didn't work, you may not have tried it long enough. It does work. The painin my elbows was pretty severe too. It is a pain killer and anti-inflammatory. Hope you find something that works.

Yes I have the CT cream, actually still using it. just can't really tell it is doing any good

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Yes I have the CT cream, actually still using it. just can't really tell it is doing any good

Keep at it. With the amount of inflammation you have to be causing such pain, it takes a while to work. When I first started using it, I would put the cream on it every time I thought of it. Every hour on the hour if possible. It was several years ago, but I think it took a few weeks. Now i use it at the first sign of any discomfort and it goes right away. Now I only use a couple of applications every month because the pain is gone. I still golf as much if not more, so the cause of the pain will always be there.

Trust me. i wouldn't have recommended it if it didn't work for me and other i have told about it.

Elbow pain really sucks.
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