Hand and wrist pain is a common problem for many avid golfers. The result of overuse from playing golf results in stress on the hand and wrist muscles and tendons. Due to the nature of the wrist hinge in the golf swing the hand and wrist becomes more susceptible. A common injury we saw at our office is carpal tunnel.
Carpal tunnel is a disorder in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist causing symptoms like loss of grip strength, tingling, pain, burning, numbness in the thumb, index, and middle finger, coldness, and sometimes weakness in parts of the hand. It is the best known of a class of disorders called repetitive strain injuries.
The first symptoms usually appear when trying to sleep. Symptoms range from a burning, tingling numbness in the fingers (especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers) to difficulty gripping, making a fist, or dropping things. Most early sufferers mistakenly blame the tingling numbness on their sleeping position, thinking their hands have had restricted circulation and are “falling asleep”. If left untreated the symptoms often progress to intense pain which restricts hand functionality. It is known as a hidden disability, because people can do some things with their hands and appear to have normal hand function, but often live with severely restricted hand activity due to the pain.
There has been much discussion as to the most effective treatment for Carpal Tunnel. Below is a list of treatment options for those suffering with carpal tunnel. There are five basic categories:
1) Wearing immobilizing braces or wrist splints
2) Having localized steroid injections
3) Soft Tissue Therapy (chiropractic/physical therapy)
4) Prioritize activities and Ergonomics
5) Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery – last resort
At West End Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Andrew Schwert helps golfers get out of pain and back on the course. Dr. Schwert is a member of the titleist performance institute and treats golfers of all ability levels. If you have been struggling with wrist pain and have any of the above signs of carpal tunnel call and schedule an appointment today at (952) 500-8477.
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