Most Common Golf Injuries

Professionals in sports medicine treat many golfers for injuries incurred on the course. Whether you are a weekend warrior, a seasoned golf pro, or a lazy Sunday duffer, the risk of injury can be just a swing away. Here are a few of the most commonly treated golf injuries and what you can do to avoid experiencing them.

Shoulder Trouble

A bad swing can do a number on your shoulder. Torn rotator cuff, bursitis, or shoulder impingement may occur when tissues are overused or the swing mechanics are not quite right. Even for a good golfer, fatigue can alter your swing enough that muscle or tissue damage occurs. The key to avoiding shoulder trouble is to condition yourself properly, warm up before play, and stop playing if you start to feel yourself compensating or adjusting for tired joints. See a sports medicine pro right away if you’ve felt notable pain after a swing, and do not keep playing.

Knee Injuries

Most people don’t think of golf as risky to knees, but the truth is that every swing engages the knee into a twist, every squat places pressure on the joint, and impact from walking is a burden to a vulnerable knee. A torn meniscus is a common problem for golfers, resulting from that frequent twisting motion during the swing. The cure depends on severity, from conservative treatments of rest, ice, compression, and medication to a surgical fix in the case of a major tear. Here again, proper form is critical as is seeing a professional immediately after a knee injury. sports_medicine

Lower Back Pain

Last but not least, the lower back is often injured during golf due to the extensive twisting and bending a player must do during a game. Stretching and warming up before playing is helpful in preventing a lower back injury, as is good form. Swinging with too much force is almost certain to strain the muscles of the lower back and result in pain.

Your sports medicine professional can help you find your way back to pain-free golf. Call us today!

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