Do you play golf? No matter if you play or not, pain in the elbows might be an obstacle in your life. And golfers are usually the ones who get it the most.
According to a 2017 Statista survey, one in every five Americans aged 30 to 49 are golf devotees who play regularly.
This is both a good and worrying statistic, given men within the same age range are particularly prone to chronic pain conditions like arthritis or tendonitis.
Golf, as in any sport, can be quite strenuous when played at a high level, and can significantly increase the risk of golf associated forms of tendonitis such as golfer’s elbow.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow, is a form of tendonitis characterized by pain or inflammation in the tendons connecting the forearm and elbow.
Pain typically originates from the bony bump on the inside of the elbow and radiates outward to the forearm, in some cases as far as the wrist.
Because they’re both common forms of elbow tendonitis, golfer’s elbow is often mistaken for tennis elbow.
However, it’s worth noting that the two can easily be distinguished by the site of discomfort.
While the former manifests as a result of damage to tendons on the inside of the elbow, the latter stems from damage to tendons on the outside of the elbow.
With the ongoing pandemic causing many surgical procedures to become temporarily unavailable, many golfers are opting to self treat or self medicate with various forms of home therapy and sport supplements.
In this post, let’s explore the viability of CBD for both relieving and avoiding golfer’s elbow altogether. After all, golf is a good sport best played, well, whenever we can make the time to play it.
How CBD Works to Relieve Golfer’s Elbow?
In order to understand why an increasing number of athletes swear by topical CBD products such as CBD roll ons and sport balms, it’s important to grasp how cannabinoids work within the human endocannabinoid system, ECS.
The ECS is a network of endogenous lipid based neurotransmitters which, when modulated via cannabinoid stimulation, can be regulated to inhibit or enhance the uptake of specific hormones.
Well known examples of this process include CBD’s documented effect on hormonal imbalances that commonly cause anxiety disorders.
Likewise, there’s substantial evidence in scientific literature to suggest that CBD produces significant analgesic and anti inflammatory effects, much like non steroidal and anti inflammatory drugs, better known in sports medicine as NSAIDs.
This potential to simultaneously relieve pain and reduce swelling makes CBD a viable alternative for treating golfer’s elbow, with two key advantages when compared to NSAIDs:
1. All Natural.
As a non synthetic compound, CBD comes free from any of the side effects common to NSAIDs, such as drowsiness, enervation and severe allergic reactions.
2. Faster and Targeted Alleviation.
CBD comes in many forms, some suitable to be applied directly at the site of pain, soreness or swelling.
This allows for much quicker delivery of relief where needed, compared to taking an NSAID in pill or capsule form and having to wait for effective levels of its active ingredient to build up in the bloodstream.
What Forms of CBD Are Best for Golfer’s Elbow?
As previously mentioned, CBD roll ons are particularly popular among athletes because of their highly portable design and fast acting relief formulas, often utilizing CBD isolate paired with either menthol or koi extracts for enhanced muscle relaxation.
CBD sports balms are another highly favored option due to their localized treatment and rapid absorbability on both dry and wet skin.
Balms and ointments have the added advantage of being a complementary carrier for the incorporation of other healthy cannabis or hemp compounds, such as terpenes.
Finally, many golfers report a dramatic reduction in frequency of sport related injuries after supplementing regularly with CBD oil.
CBD oil can be taken orally via tinctures, infused into food or beverages and even vaped in a cartridge or pod vaporizer system.
Because of its analgesic and anti inflammatory potential, CBD oil is considered viable as a preventative measure against sports injuries in general by an impressive number of athletes.
Keep in mind that we do not advise or promote the usage of CBD in any type or form. We are just sharing information that some readers might find helpful. It’s always the smartest decision to consult with your doctor before making an important decision for your health.