Golf Injuries to the Wrist and Hand

Mark Walsh PT, DPT, MS, CHT
Titleist Performance Institute Certified
Shore Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Did you know that of all the sports the most injuries to the hand and wrist occur in golf?

Hand injuries occur in about 10% of professional and 20% in the amateur golfers. The incidence may be explained by the anatomic and mechanical complexity of the wrist and hand. Most of the injuries occur in the lead wrist and hand associated with overuse, golf swing faults and mechanics and trauma.

Overuse injuries are primarily tendonitis or tenosynovitis such as deQuervains tenosynovitis (inflammation of tendons on the thumb side of the wrist). Overuse injuries often occur in the amateur at the beginning of the golf season, when the golfer is not appropriately physically prepared to strike the golf ball. For example, as the golf season approaches it’s off to the driving range hitting a large bucket of balls one after another without appropriate warm up and rest between swings. Watch a professional warm up hitting golf balls notice, that between each swing, they stop, analyze the ball flight, divot etc. and discuss it with their caddy or coach.  The take home message is that the amateur hits too many golf balls to quickly and too often. Overuse also occurs due to a lack of physical conditioning for their entire body, not just the upper extremity. The power and the ability to strike the golf ball correctly comes from the use of the powerful core and lower extremity muscles. If the lower body does not initiate the swing sequence correctly this can cause changes in the upper body swing mechanics placing the wrist and hand at risk. Swing faults of “Casting, Scooping, Chicken Winging and Over the Top” can contribute to wrist and hand injuries.

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Physician: Stanley C. Marczyk, MD
I couldn’t be happier with the care I received. The office is conveniently located, the wait time for the doctor was nearly zero, and I felt that he genuinely listened to my concerns and explained the rationale behind my treatment plan well. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others.
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GANGLION CYSTS

Ganglion cysts are very common lumps within the hand and wrist that occur adjacent to joints or tendons.  The most common locations are the top of the wrist, the palm side of the wrist, the base of the finger on the palm side, and the top of the end joint of the finger. The ganglion cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk , and is filled with clear fluid or gel.

The cause of these cysts is unknown although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They occur in patients of all ages.

These cysts may change in size or even disappear completely, and they may or may not be painful. These cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other areas.

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“I have a very good doctor that I can recommend! His name is Dr. George Alber.” Elaine Mack

Hand WristHe is amazing!!!  I highly recommend him, that is why I always go back to him. Also, the courtesy of the office staff is excellent.


Elaine Mack: Galloway, NJ 08205
Physician: George C. Alber, MD

 

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Patient Review

Angie’s List | April 20, 2015
Orthopedics – Hand & Wrist

I have a very good doctor that I can recommend. His name is Dr. George Alber. I just went to see him a few days ago. I could hardly move my wrist; that is how bad it hurts. He really can do this Cortisone shots. A lot of them cannot so you get left with nothing. With him, you always know that he is going to hit the exact spot. The last time he did one was seven years ago and I have not had any pain since then. I did not have to take any medication either. He also gave me something for my wrist, one of those brace supports, and he even did an x-ray in his office.