5 Causes of Injury and Wrist Pain from Golf
If you play golf regularly, you may feel wrist pain from time to time. This is often due to poor mechanics, overuse, or trauma. Trying to find the right treatment to alleviate your pain may be difficult if you don’t know the underlying cause of the pain.
This guide will help you understand what causes wrist pain while playing golf and how an OrthoArizona Hand & Wrist specialist can help you get back on the course in no time.
Common Causes of Wrist Pain from Golf
Here are a few reasons why wrist pain may occur during or after golf:
- Overuse: This is the most common cause of golf-related injuries. We see this in two types of golfers. The “weekend warrior” who plays a lot of golf during the weekend and the golfer who wants to improve their game by hitting a lot of practice balls.
- Hitting Surface: Hitting practice balls off mats rather than real grass produce a larger shock force on the body. This is especially true with irons as they are meant to be hit with a descending blow past the impact of the ball. If you want to safely improve your golf game, try to avoid hitting irons off the mat and only on real grass. Hybrids, fairway woods, and long irons tend to be hit with more of a sweeping arc and are somewhat safer to hit off mats.
- Rough/Roots/Rocks: Hitting out of deep rough can be dangerous because there may be an unforeseen rock or root in the ground. The most common of hitting an unseeable object are Hook of Hamate fractures, TFCC tears, and Tendonitis. Check the area around the ball carefully to make sure there aren’t any immovable objects within your swing path.
- Poor swing technique: Many Injuries occur because of poor technique such as gripping the club too tightly. Check-in with a reputable golf instructor to help build proper technique!
- Previous injury: Many times, golfers who may be healing from an earlier injury are eager to return to playing do so sooner than is required for healing. Do not return to playing golf after an injury until there is full, painless range of motion of the wrist. Also, prolonged injuries that are not treated could lead to permanent damage in the underlying structure of the wrist.
What to do next…
Are you experiencing wrist pain from golf? OrthoArizona has 21 offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.
Make an appointment today at one of our 21 locations across Arizona to start your healing journey.