Wrist Pain From Golfing

You love to play golf. Getting out there on the green not only challenges yourself, but helps you to relax and share quality time with friends, family members, or colleagues. And, you’ve been lucky because you’ve had the opportunity to spend weekends golfing for many years. The problem is that along with all of these fun golf outings, you’ve begun to experience wrist pain.

And for many people, it’s not just a question of “if” you’ll develop pain in your wrist from golfing, but “when”.

Why Does Wrist Pain Happen?

Sometimes your sore wrist can be the result of an acute golfing injury, such as a strain, sprain, or tear. These types of injuries can occur when you hit a “fat” shot or when you swing out of an awkward lie.  

On the other hand, if you already have an existing condition, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel, or tendonitis, you can aggravate a sore wrist.

You can also develop pain in the wrist when playing golf because of:

  • Not warming up.
  • Over practicing your golf swing.
  • Over playing golf.
  • Using poor swing techniques.
  • Are in overall poor physical shape.

The types of wrist injuries that you can encounter when playing golf include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Ligament tears
  • Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tendonitis (including thumb tendonitis)

When Should I Visit the Florida Hand Center

If you’re like many avid golfers, you might want to try “playing through” your discomfort and pain in order to stay out on the greens. But that’s not recommended, and if your pain has last more than one to two weeks, you need to visit a hand specialist to diagnose your condition and get it treating. You risk further damage if you “play through” your pain.

Treatment for Pain in the Wrist from Golfing

The first treatment for a sore wrist from golfing is to take a break from golfing. Your wrist needs to rest and heal from whatever injury you’ve suffered. In some cases, you’ll simply need to apply the acronym RICE:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Wearing a splint is also helpful to restrict movement and allow the wrist to rest.

If you find that your pain flares up soon after returning to your golf game, it’s time to see a wrist specialist. Your Florida Hand Center doctor can perform a physical exam of your wrist, and possibly give you tests, like an x-ray or MRI to determine the source of your pain.

You might only need physical therapy or a cortisone injection to heal your condition, though if those conservative treatments fail to resolve your pain, you might need to consider surgery.

Preventing Sore Wrists from Golfing

Prevention is always the best cure, so consider following these tips to reduce your chances of incurring a wrist injury from golf.

  • Don’t over practice or overplay.
  • Refrain from strong arming a golf ball out of an awkward lie.
  • Keep your hands and wrists parallel.
  • Always warm up before playing.
  • Try using bionic golf gloves.
  • Strengthen your core and forearms.
  • Switch to a graphite shaft from steel shaft.
  • Use larger grips.

If you are experiencing wrist pain from golfing, contact us at Florida Hand Center. We have locations in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers. 941-625-6547. For new patient appointments, call 941-625-3782.