I was pretty convinced that my problem was a rare and poorly documented sports injury called ECU subluxation. The ECU tendon is the tendon that sits in a groove on the outside of the Ulna bone and is covered by a thin sheath that holds it in place. ECU subluxation or dislocation of the tendon happens when that sheath tears or stretches and the tendon itself becomes dislocated from the bone.
Here are a couple resources on the injury.
When I went back to the doctor I showed him how the tendon would dislocate itself by picking up an object of some weight in a position of ulnar deviation to the wrist. It was pretty clear to him that the problem was the ECU tendon at that time. He gave me two options, I could have surgery right away or I could continue to immobilize the wrist and it is possible that it could settle and I would be able to get rid of the irritation and pain associated with the injury. The problem was not as much about the tendon popping out itself as it was the pain and irritation that goes with it. I decided to give it one more shot at healing through rest and immobilization. He also gave me a cortisone shot at this time to try and settle the irritation in the area of the injury. I was hoping to avoid surgery if at all possible.
As a potential candidate for a spot in the 2015 TST Newport Cup, it was a very difficult decision for me. I reluctantly put the clubs away, removed my name from consideration for the tournament and decided that I was going to wait until the early fall to try and swing again. The sinking feeling began to fully set in at this point. I did my best to keep my spirits up, but I would be lying if I said I did not struggle some during this time. I was really looking forward to 2015 and everything that was happening with the golf swing and the Newport Cup. I did not fully understand at the time, how that one swing had already changed my life.