ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Golfers Elbow

Updated on July 12, 2010

What is Golfers Elbow?

 Golfers Elbow is a similar condition to the more common and more famous Tennis Elbow. Tennis Elbow is inflammation of the tendon at the elbow that cocks the wrist backwards. Golfers Elbow is inflammation of the tendon that tilts the wrist forward. Both are annoying in their milder forms and disabling when things get bad.

Both conditions can occur when there is a change in normal upper limb usage patterns although it frequently begins without an identifiable cause.

Golfers Elbow has been traditionally difficult to treat with some modalities such as stretching or ultrasound working for some people but not all. New advancements in the treatment of Tennis Elbow have been modified for Golfers Elbow and are showing promising results.

The Flexbar

Flexbar Exercises For Golfers Elbow

 Tendon disorders throughout the body have been successfully treated by a type of exercise known as eccentric exercise. Until recently, there was no way of applying this technique to the tendons at the elbow. A simple and inexpensive piece of exercise equipment has changed all that. The Flexbar is a rubber exercise bar that costs less than $20. Using this item anyone can treat themselves and cure their tennis or golfer's elbow at home.

Written and video instructions for Golfer's Elbow are included below. The exercises are different, so if you have the other type see the Instructions for Flexbar Tennis Elbow

It is important to do the exercises correctly so read through the written instructions a few times and match them to the video until you are sure you have it right.

Locating a Flexbar

 You can buy a flexbar from some Physical Therapists or you can find one online following the link to the right. Smaller people should choose the Red resistance level and larger people the Green. You don't need to be too concerned over the color as the tension can be increased by twisting the bar further if required.

Golfer's Elbow Flexbar Exercise Instructions

Written Golfer's Elbow Flexbar Instructions

Before starting to describe this exercise it is important to define which arm is being treated and which arm is assisting in setting up the exercise. In the video above, the majority of the movement seen is not the exercise that treats the Golfer's Elbow. The bulk of the movement is setting up the arms into the position to enable the very subtle eccentric exercise.

The following description will match the video and is for treating the LEFT arm. In order to treat the right arm the instructions are reversed.

1) Start with the left elbow bent so that the hand is at shoulder height. The palm is facing the body. Place one end of the Flexbar into this hand and grip firmly.

2) Bend the right elbow and raise it above shoulder height. The right hand should be lower than the elbow and the palm facing outwards. Grip the other end of the flexbar with this hand.

3) Keeping a firm grip on the Flexbar, lower the right elbow as you straigten both arms out in front, twisting the bar as you go.

This completes the preparation for the Flexbar Exercise. The exercise itself is the final slow movement of the left wrist seen in the video. To do this correctly:

A) Keep the assisting hand (right) still, gripping the twisted Flexbar.

B) Slowly roll the left wrist, cocking it back, as the flexbar unwinds. This is the vital eccentric exercise that treats your Golfer's Elbow - allowing the bar to unwind but controlling the movement.

Repeat.

How Many Flexbar Exercises Do You Do?

As you can see from the video, a single exercise takes only a few seconds. The Flexbar exercise program is not going to take much time out of your day. Start by doing 5 repetitions, 3 times a day. You will feel the exercise at your elbow but this should be no more than a temporary discomfort. You should not get a noted increase in your pain.

Stay at this level of exercise until the slight discomfort you feel after each set decreases until you barely notice anything at all. Now you can increase the number of repetitions per set until that same level of discomfort returns - try 10 each time.

Continue this program of gradually increasing the repetitions done until your every day symptoms have gone. It is probably wise to continue with the exercises for a few weeks after this to be sure.

If at any stage in the future you feel your Golfers Elbow starting to return, reintroduce the exercises immediately, before the problem re-establishes itself.

What Are You Waiting For?

Following these instructions anyone can now successfully treat themselves. No more physical therapy  or doctors bills, only a single outlay of less than $20 for the flexbar itself.

You also have the reassurrance of knowing that you have the ability to treat this condition at anytime in the future should it try to return.

All you need to add is a bit of motivation and commitment. Get a Flexbar and get to work!

The Test For Golfer's Elbow

Medial Epicondylitis a.k.a. Golfer's Elbow

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      martinnitsim 

      6 years ago

      you ok matt i got it from a mate so here is there link

      and details,check out there great prices ,just say mart put you on

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)