Quick Facts About Golf Injuries
Unlike other popular sports, many people are able to play golf for most of their lifetime. But the golf swing is an unnatural movement that places tremendous stress your body, even when performed properly (see Woods, Tiger). The rotational aspect of the golf swing increases injury risk for both professionals and weekend warriors. Many of these injuries can be prevented. Trying to play through these injuries can lead to unnecessary pain that lingers, leading to higher scores and pain that can interfere with golf and everyday activities.
There are many factors that increase your risk of golf injuries, including:
(Now that I’m writing this, I have some things to work on myself before my next round.)
To correct your swing mechanics, see a PGA teaching professional.
For golf injury causes and tips for pain relief, keep reading.
1. Back Pain
Back pain is experienced by over 80% of people at some point in their lifetime, and golfers are no exception.
Back pain causes shorter tee shots and can make short game shots and putting more difficult and painful. You are not alone in experiencing back pain, and it can get better!
Your pain is most likely the result of tight or spasming low back and hip muscles, weak core muscles, and a poor warmup.
Tips for Back Pain Relief:
2. Elbow Pain
“Golfer’s elbow”, or medial epicondylitis, is a close relative of “tennis elbow”, or lateral epicondylitis, and both are very common injuries for golfers to experience.
These injuries are both forms of tendinitis, or irritated and inflamed forearm muscle tendons, that are usually caused by excessive wrist/hand movement in the swing, overuse, and tight forearm muscles.
Elbow pain causes shorter tee shots and can lead to more exaggerated hooks or slices.
Tips for Elbow Pain Relief:
3. Knee Pain
More than 1/3 of people will experience knee pain this year, so you are not alone.
Knee pain can be caused by arthritis, damage to ligaments, cartilage, or meniscus, or from a simple muscle imbalance (most commonly tight hamstrings and weak quads).
Knee pain can make all aspects of a round of golf difficult: getting in and out of the cart, warming up before the round, walking to your ball, walking on hills, and even simply standing in a good posture over the ball.
Your pain causes shorter tee shots and lots of frustration.
Tips for Knee Pain Relief:
4. Shoulder Pain
Shoulder problems are prevalent in all sports that involve overhead motions, including baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, football, and golf. Many athletes are limited by shoulder pain on a daily basis.
Shoulder pain can be the result of arthritis, rotator cuff tendinitis or tears, bursitis, labral tears, impingement, chronic poor posture, or even a simple muscle imbalance (most commonly tight pectoral or chest muscles and weak back and rotator cuff muscles).
Shoulder pain causes pain in the backswing, downswing, or both, and leads to shorter tee shots and frustration.
Tips for Shoulder Pain Relief:
If These Tips Don't Entirely Fix Your Problem...
See a Physical Therapist
If you’re doubtful, have any other concerns, other medical conditions, feel like something isn’t quite right, or just want to get better right away, see a physical therapist today!
Physical Therapists are specialists in evaluating your entire body and help you to understand what’s really going on. You should expect for your visit with a physical therapist to include at least 30-45 minutes of 1 on 1 direct attention from the PT.
A proper evaluation should include a thorough full body movement assessment, hands-on assessment, a treatment plan, and a home self-treatment program. Your physical therapist will create an exercise and therapy program that is customized just for you, and we will “Teach you to fish” by providing self-treatment techniques for symptom management around the clock.
Visits with your physical therapist should include skilled hands-on treatments to massage tight areas, loosen restricted connective tissue, mobilize tight joints, and teach you self-treatment and corrective exercises for home.
Get PT 1st
Numerous studies have demonstrated and confirmed that physical therapy is the most effective, most conservative, lowest risk, most cost-effective treatment, and the best 1st choice for common golf injuries without side effects.
You DO NOT need a referral from a doctor or a physician to get seen by a physical therapist at my practice.
We can see you now, without waiting weeks for an appointment with a physician to provide a referral or prescription.
Would you like to discuss your best options to end your pain and get back to playing your best? Would you like to have that conversation right now?
Call me today at (407) 222-5038 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Talk to you soon!
Welcome to the Full Swing Physical Therapy and Wellness Blog!
I'm Dr. Chris Miller, and my mission is to help people to become more active and mobile, maintain their independence, avoid strong pain medications, and stay out of the doctor's office.
My interest in physical therapy started as a young athlete when I was battling injuries in order to return to competitive basketball, baseball, and golf.
I started my own concierge clinic because I was frustrated with the traditional clinic environment where patients were not getting better as quickly as I knew they could. I wanted to create an environment where the highest quality hands-on treatments could be provided on a strictly one to one basis, at a location each patient chooses in order to maximize convenience and minimize disruption to already busy schedules.
I graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia.
I have learned from many of the southeast's leading specialists in providing the highest quality hands-on treatment for back pain, knee pain, and golf injuries. I am dedicated to helping you feel better, live with less pain and return to the activities you enjoy.
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