Golf Injury Rehab
While golf is often thought of as a sport with low injury risk, the truth is that avid golfers often struggle with pain and injury. Due to the repetitive swing pattern, a golfer can be prone to overuse injuries in some key areas like low back, shoulders, elbows, knees and wrist. Some of the more common injuries include:
- Muscle strain
- Rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, bursitis and frozen shoulder
- Golfers elbow, tennis elbow
- Wrist tendonitis, sprains and fractures
Golfers can experience injuries in other areas, as well. Herniated disks and back strain can be caused, or made worse by, a golfers swing. Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome is when repeated or constant pressure to the palm causes nerve damage to the wrist. Signs of ulnar tunnel syndrome are usually weakness and increasing numbness, particularly on the little finger side of the hand. As time passes, it can become difficult to open jars, hold things. Finger coordination can become affected.
The best way to handle golf injuries is to prevent them. A physical therapist can analyze your swing sequence, and show you how to correct it. Using proper form goes a long way towards injury prevention, and a better golf game!
Physical therapists can guide recovery when a golfer is injured, as well as teach them to prevent injury, or re-injury, from occurring. If you’re missing time on the links due to an injury, contact any of our clinics for a free injury screening.
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