3 Common Golf Injuries and How They are Treated
3 Common Golf Injuries to Look Out For
1. An Injured Rotator Cuff
Your rotator cuff is a network of muscles that connect your upper arm to the shoulder blade. Rotator cuff injuries are usually caused by hard falls, but golf swings are an exception. Golf swings require your body to bring the club back and forward again with a follow through. This quick motion happens quickly, and it puts a lot of stress on your shoulders.
The good news is rotator cuff tears that result from repetitive movements like a golf swing are treatable. Usually the first step in the treatment process is to visit an orthopedic doctor like the ones at King's Daughters' Health. They can help with muscle-strengthening exercises and discuss options for surgery, in the case that you require it.
2. Golf Elbow
Golf elbow is another term for tendonitis, which is a buildup of inflammation in the elbow. The cause of golf elbow is actually from too much dependence on forearm muscles. When you grip a golf club, your forearm muscles do most of the work. As your arm rotates during the swing of the club, all of that pressure is transferred to the elbow.
It's surprising, but one of the best ways to avoid and treat this injury is to change up your swings. This will help your forearms and elbows find relief and time to rebuild the damaged tissue. An orthopedic expert like those at King's Daughters' Health can help give you advice.
It's usually recommended that you avoid playing golf if your golf elbow is acting up. Physical therapy can be used to help your recovery. Based on how effective the physical therapy is, your orthopedic doctor may suggest a more intensive form of treatment.
3. Back Pain
During your golf swing, you're rotating your body frame, which can put a lot of stress on your back. Depending on how often you golf, this body rotation can cause low back pain and even spread to the rest of your spine over time.
If you're looking to minimize your risk of back pain from golfing, yoga can really help. Yoga can not only provide some good exercise for your back muscles, but it can also help build flexibility. That way, your body will be better protected against the stress put on your back while golfing.
But what happens if your back pain from golfing becomes a little too much to handle? The orthopedic doctors at King's Daughters' Health can help you get rid of this pain.
King’s Daughters’ Health Orthopedic Experts Can Get You Back on the Golf Course
At King's Daughters' Health, our orthopedic team is passionate about helping patients recover from their injuries. Our orthopedic doctors provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to care, helping you determine the best solution for your specific injury and get you back on the golf course as quickly as possible.
Whether you have chronic, acute or recurring pain or discomfort, schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists. We'll help you regain strength and mobility so you can get back to doing what you love. Call our team today at 812-801-0545 to get started.