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Left thumb sore from golfing?


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#1 boxerjoe2011

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:24 AM

My left thumb has been bothering me for a couple months now, at the joint, it's sore.  Does this have anything to do with playing a little more golf than I usually do over the past few months?  I know some golfers like Anthony Kim and Paula Creamer have gotten thumb surgery, so this had me a little worried.


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Posted 24 March 2011 - 07:15 AM

I get thumb pain at the base of the thumb, where the tendon attaches to the wrist, when I beat too many range balls.

Usually goes away after a couple of days of rest.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:54 AM

i get some pain too.  starting from the tip of the thumb, my pain is at the second joint/knuckle down.  i think its because when im swinging poorly, i flip and the shaft 'hyperextends' my thumb backwards.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:39 PM

If its what I experienced last Summer, I would be very careful about how many balls you hit on the range. I assumed I had tendonitis, and the pain was fairly severe and it lingered for several months. Nowdays, if I hit too many range balls I'll still get a little pain. I just know not to push it. I would ice it and rest it for several days. If it continues, limit your range time, and time between rounds. Unfortunately, it may just take time. Something that did seem to help in addition to the ice and rest was therapy with a powerball. It's a resistance ball to help increase your finger and grip strength. Good luck with the injury.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:41 PM

I got this pain on the back of my hand where the thumb meets the wrist. Had a tough lie under a tree. follow through caught the tree trunk. Its sore when I grip the club and swing.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:47 PM

View Postbunkerboy_tfd, on 24 March 2011 - 08:39 PM, said:

If its what I experienced last Summer, I would be very careful about how many balls you hit on the range. I assumed I had tendonitis, and the pain was fairly severe and it lingered for several months. Nowdays, if I hit too many range balls I'll still get a little pain. I just know not to push it. I would ice it and rest it for several days. If it continues, limit your range time, and time between rounds. Unfortunately, it may just take time. Something that did seem to help in addition to the ice and rest was therapy with a powerball. It's a resistance ball to help increase your finger and grip strength. Good luck with the injury.

Was your left thumb (you're right handed?) at the proximal joint (not the joint closest to your fingernail) sore?  It's not a sharp pain, but more a dull ache and it feels more like nerve damage because rubbing or "working" the site does nothing to change the condition.  I really hope it's not what you speak of, I am looking forward to playing a couple rounds a week during the summer.  Did the pain eventually go away or is it chronic if you play too much golf?

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 05:44 PM

View Postboxerjoe2011, on 24 March 2011 - 11:47 PM, said:

View Postbunkerboy_tfd, on 24 March 2011 - 08:39 PM, said:

If its what I experienced last Summer, I would be very careful about how many balls you hit on the range. I assumed I had tendonitis, and the pain was fairly severe and it lingered for several months. Nowdays, if I hit too many range balls I'll still get a little pain. I just know not to push it. I would ice it and rest it for several days. If it continues, limit your range time, and time between rounds. Unfortunately, it may just take time. Something that did seem to help in addition to the ice and rest was therapy with a powerball. It's a resistance ball to help increase your finger and grip strength. Good luck with the injury.

Was your left thumb (you're right handed?) at the proximal joint (not the joint closest to your fingernail) sore?  It's not a sharp pain, but more a dull ache and it feels more like nerve damage because rubbing or "working" the site does nothing to change the condition.  I really hope it's not what you speak of, I am looking forward to playing a couple rounds a week during the summer.  Did the pain eventually go away or is it chronic if you play too much golf?


Yes, it was my left thumb, I am right handed, and yes, most of the pain was at the second joint. However, mine also hurt if I tapped on the end of the thumb or put pressure on the tip of the thumb. Rest seemed to be the only thing that made mine get better. The upside is that it did eventually get better. It only bothers me now and again if I hit a lot of range ball or work out more than regular with dumb bell weights (the dumb bell grip seems to put pressure on my joint). I just got back from playing 27 holes and hitting balls today and I barely notice the soreness, by tomorrow it shouldn't be sore at all. Hopefully, with a little down time, you'll be back to playing as much as you want. My mistake, which made it linger on for several months, was to play and reaggravate the injury when my thumb was still sore. It's hard to stop playing if you're addicted. If its what I had, and you take it easy, I bet you'll be good for the Summer. Good luck.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:20 PM

I used to get left thumb pain...bad.  Then I learned what a proper grip was and it all went away.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:26 PM

It's just soreness. I am going through it right now and do every year when I play. I just stopped doing everything with it for one day (yesterday) and it feels a lot better today. Took today off so tomorrow it will be better to hit a couple shots. Then I'll be back on Sunday playing again. Just give it 2-3 days and you'll be fine. The season's just beg so you don't want it to be there for the rest of it.

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 09:56 PM

View Postpinehurst, on 25 March 2011 - 08:20 PM, said:

I used to get left thumb pain...bad.  Then I learned what a proper grip was and it all went away.

Can you elaborate the before and after  grip change?

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Posted 25 December 2017 - 10:16 PM

I had a buddy who battled a similar problem for almost an entire golf season. If I recall it had something too do with inflammation in the sheath the tendon slides in. Something to that effect. It was a sharp numbing pain and it seems pretty nasty. BB

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:27 AM

View Postppl4golf, on 25 December 2017 - 09:56 PM, said:

View Postpinehurst, on 25 March 2011 - 08:20 PM, said:

I used to get left thumb pain...bad.  Then I learned what a proper grip was and it all went away.

Can you elaborate the before and after  grip change?


I had the same issue recently and finally figured out that it was my left hand grip as well. I was leaving my thumb down the shaft, rather than keeping it closer to my index finger, so at the top of my takeaway my thumb was hyper-extending and letting the shaft go past parallel. It would sometimes even cause me to loosen my left hand grip at the top, making the problem even worse. When I moved my thumb over to touch the knuckle joint of my index finger, the problem stopped. My overall grip improved immediately, I stopped taking the club past parallel (if I even got there), and my striking improved.
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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:49 AM

I've had it pretty bad at the base of the left thumb near the wrist (right handed player) for several years now.  Had an injection back in 2016 and life was good until the effects started to wear off back around August and it's been really bad since then.  Hurts to grab or grip anything and anytime I do something that pulls on my thumb it's downright excruciating.

Amazingly, it hasn't really bothered my golf swing all that much although I've started to notice it a little bit more in the last couple of months.  Not a showstopper but becoming noticeable.  The real problem is how bad it hurts all the rest of the time.  

There are times it can almost bring tears to my eyes just taking driver out of the bag but, again, swinging it is not all that bad so I guess that's a good thing.

Prior to the injection, Doc took x-rays and diagnosed it as severe tendentious along with a considerable amount of arthritis.

I also tried some PT and had my chiropractor play around with it a little bit but received no benefit from either.

Have another injection scheduled for 16 January and am counting the days as the damn thing hurts constantly and has even woke me up at night a few times.

While I understand the drawbacks and longterm dangers of the injections, I really don't have any choice at this point.  

And, "fortunately", I'm almost 65 and will be dead soon so I guess I don't need to sweat the negative effects of the injections!

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