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It's been over a month since I started experiencing a sharp pain in my chest and armpit area in my lead side from apparent overuse. I am guilty on numerous occasions of reaching for the large bucket at the driving range, sometimes even twice in one session, and just overall engaging in very fast paced, frustration-filled practice sessions. I've tried everything from the RICE method in the early stages of the injury (rest, ice, compression and elevation), visited a sports specialist orthopedic who pretty much just confirmed my own self diagnosis of an intercostal muscle strain from overuse and advised that with these types of injuries there isn't much that can be done other than give it time and ease back into normal activity over time. Very eager to continue playing and practicing, being that it's mid-season here in the northeast, I tried playing again just a week after initial injury and seemed to have set myself back. I then gave myself more rest time, about three weeks to be exact of not swinging a club, and started incorporating stretches and light weight training to help with the rehab. I've since played about three rounds and hit the driving range on one occasion but continue to experience pain. While not as extreme as how it felt when I first injured myself, I'm frustrated with the lack of progress. Definitely thought I would be good by now.

Now I've totally learned my lesson and realized what not to do in the future and even improved my swing substantially so that it's smoother and less violent from reading several books (Hogan, Penick) and practicing my slow swings without a club in front of the mirror. What I am curious to know is if anyone has experienced a similar golf injury and managed to successfully treat it and get back on the course pain free, and of course how long did it take...

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Ive had shoulder and elbow pain, but thats mostly lingering injuries from baseball. The RICE method is really the only thing i can do for it because ive developed tendonitis near those joints. A week or two without swinging a club usually does the trick. Maybe the occasional cortisone shot. The only golf related injuries ive had are wrist and hand related.

But in general slowing down and focusing is a great idea. Go through your pre-shot routine before every swing, regardless of what your working on. I get more out of a small bucket of 30-40 balls than most people who beat balls for hours. 

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Overuse injuries don't tend to get better unless you rest them for a long time. If you want the pain to completely go away, you're going to have to put the clubs away for longer most likely. Ibuprofen might help, too. Your choices are really to just ignore it and play through it or rest it.

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I'm going through a kind of "Golfer's Elbow" issue right now.  The UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) is either strained, sprained or torn.  The latter is what leads major league pitchers to get Tommy John surgery.  Hopefully that's not my case.  I am seeing a sports doctor tomorrow morning.

Two months of only chipping and putting.  Done the cortisone shot, x-ray, creams, braces, compression sleeves, ultrasound, physical therapy.  I may be looking at prolotherapy which is very expensive.

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Assuming your doctor diagnosis is correct on the injury, his treatment of rest is correct. Best to shut it down to avoid further injury. 

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