Golfers Wrist Injuries
Golfers’ Wrist Injuries
The four injuries that are most common to golfers are: low back, knees, elbows, and wrists. The first three are more common to high handicappers. The low handicapper, the scratch golfer and the pro are more prone to wrist injuries.
Most golfers’ wrist injuries come from hitting out of sand, out of deep rough and hitting fat … getting divots.
There are fifteen bones in the wrist and they all have to work smoothly and in exact precision with to accommodate the movements at the wrist. The trauma of any of the three above activities can misalign one or more of those tiny bones. It can be so subtle that no discrepancy may even show up on x-rays. The orthopedic doctor or physical therapist may diagnose the problem as a sprain, a strain or carpal tunnel syndrome when in fact it’s often a misalignment called a “subluxation.”
Even in cases of true carpal tunnel syndrome, understanding the condition helps to get appropriate correction. The carpal tunnel is an actual tunnel formed by the shape of eight carpal bones and a tendon called the retinaculum. If the bones move out of their normal position for any reason, it can flatten the tunnel and irritate the nerves that must past through that tunnel to the wrist and hand.
However, you don’t have to cut a wrist open to adjust the alignment of those bones to form a proper tunnel again. Certified Golf Injury chiropractors who use instrument adjusting techniques, like Activator and Impulse, are very good at addressing wrist misalignments after a trauma. They’re pros at addressing certain cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. No drugs or surgery are involved. Usually just a few adjustments are needed.
To avoid hitting from deep rough, work on perfecting your FIRs (fairways in regulation), getting on the short grass off the tee. To minimize hitting from sand, work on accuracy. Develop slower, deliberate full swings instead of trying to smash it!
Make sure you ALWAYS have a target firmly in your mind’s eye before you take your actual swing. Keep your back foot at a right angle to the target. And to minimize hitting fat (hitting the ground before you get to the ball) work on perfecting the ball placement in your stance. Take practice swings with each individual club to see where your club head actually hits at its lowest position. Place your ball there.
When your wrists hurt, you compensate and compromise your entire game. So wrist health is vital to a a lifetime of fun, great golf.