It is that time of year in the Lowcountry. The oak leaves are falling, azaleas are blooming and marsh grass is showing its beautiful green shade. As a sport and spine physician it is the time of year I see a large number of golf injuries in patients who have been less active during the winter.
Golfer's elbow affects the inside (medial) elbow. It affects the back arm of your swing and results from poor swing mechanics (often correcting a slice). Treatment involves stretching, strengthening and massaging the area. This encourages blood flow to the injury. Icing after activity may keep symptoms manageable and allow continued play during rehabilitation. Correcting swing mechanics are important in the treatment process. For persistent problems we offer two different injection techniques- prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), both shown to stimulate blood flow and healing.