When you play sports there are a number of minor ailments that you are likely to experience due to the pure nature of working your body hard.
There are certain injuries that you can prevent with the proper preparation before partaking in your sport. One way to prepare your body is to drink plenty of fluids so that your muscles do not become dehydrated. Another way is to stretch before practicing or participating in a competition.
But even with preparation and drinking plenty of water before you partake in the sport of your choice, you are still susceptible to injuries due to the nature of being physically active.
If you do happen to experience injury, such as golf elbow, there are some things that you can do to take care of it and nurse it back to health. This article will highlight some of those tips.
- Apply ice for 15-20 minutes. When you have an injury it is usually very helpful to apply ice to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time at least 3 to 4 times a day. Due to overusing your elbow you are experiencing pain. The ice can help with the pain and the swelling. In addition to applying ice, it is a good idea to allow your elbow to rest.
- Take an oral anti-inflammatory drug to help with swelling. Sometimes icing your elbow may not be enough to keep the pain and swelling down. You may also need to take some anti-inflammatory drugs to assist. Over the counter medication such as Advil or Tylenol will help with the pain. When taking medication, be sure to drink a full glass of water with it as well and stay hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated will help your body flush out toxins and help hydrate your muscles and tendons. A topical medicine may also be used to help numb the pain for the short term.
- Physical therapy. Sometimes the injury is so severe that it will need physical therapy to help with the recovery process and cut down on the pain that you are experiencing due to the injury. Some providers suggest using a protein injection to help aid in the process of remedying one’s golf elbow.
- Golf Elbow Brace. If you are experiencing pain for a longer period of time, you can consult with your medical provider about enlisting the help of a brace. A brace can be helpful in keeping you from using your elbow. To fully heal your elbow, you will need to avoid using it for a period of time. This can be a challenge as you use your elbow much more than you think you do. It is not until you face an injury that you realize how much you use your limbs.
It takes patience and diligence to caring for your injury through icing, physical therapy, wearing a brace, and taking anti-inflammatory medicines to get better. With proper care and rest, you can heal your golf elbow in no time at all.