About Golf Injuries
Golf is a low impact sport, but several injuries are associated with it. Mostly these golf injuries arise because of overuse or poor mechanics. Lower back is mostly injured however, wrist, hand, elbow, and shoulder injuries can also occur. Your entire body works in a coordinated pattern during the execution of golf swing. Repeated performance of these movements place stress on tendons, muscles, and joints.
Rehabilitation Of Golf Injuries At IPRC
At IPRC, we are proud that our experts provide the best care for patients. Our custom design treatment approaches will ensure that you get appropriate therapy designed for the reduction of your pain and injuries. Our physical therapist are experts in providing one – on – one approach and appropriate treatment protocols based on your diagnosis ensuring to reduce your dysfunction and pain. The advanced technology equipment at IPRC guarantee that our patients get fast and appropriate diagnosis so that dysfunction and pain are resolved as early as possible.
Our treatment protocols, modern and advanced technologies, expertise, and experienced physical therapist make IPRC the best clinic for the treatment of golf injuries in twin cities.
Common golf injuries:
Common golf injuries occur in low back, shoulder, wrist, elbow, and lower extremity. During the golf swing your body undergoes combination of rotational, shear, lateral bending, and compressive forces. Common golf injuries include:
Medial epicondylitis or golfers elbow:
Medial epicondylitis occurs due to irritation of tendons leading to pain on the inner side of elbow. Repetitive overuse from golf causes damage of tendons and muscles. Pain usually worsens with lifting or gripping. Poor golf techniques lead to golfers elbow.
Golfers who play golf aggressively usually develops irritation of tendons at wrist called wrist tendonitis. This irritation and pain can arise either on back or front of wrist. Patient may experience local tenderness. Pain is usually increased with gripping, extending, or flexing the wrist.
Golfers develop sprains at wrist resulting from hitting the ground or from overuse. Ligaments are structures that hold the bones together. Injury to the ligaments at wrist is called sprained wrist. This causes popping and pain at wrist. Swelling, loss of mobility and decreased grip is common in sprained wrist.
Golf back injuries:
The repeated stress on back during execution of golf leads to pain in lower back. By utilizing proper technique and strong abdominal core muscles can help in preventing golf back injuries.
Rotator cuff injuries:
Rotator cuff is group of tendons and muscles that surround and support shoulder joint keeping it in place. Mostly the supraspinatus tendon is at increased risk for developing tendinitis in rotator cuff. Patient may experience weakness, discomfort, or pain and its difficult to perform overhead activities.
A golfer’s outer knee occurs due to increased stress on knee during rotation of golf swing. With time, this stress leads to tearing of ligaments at knee causing pain, inflammation, and weakness. Increase wear and tear at knee joint contribute to knee arthritis. Proper stretching and strengthening of muscles around the knee are best way to prevent knee pain and injury in golf players.
Foot and ankle injuries:
Strains, sprains, inflammation and tendonitis in ankle and feet are common among golf players. Proper shoes to support and protect the feet will help in reducing foot and ankle injuries.
Golf hip injuries:
During the golf swing, the hip joint moves away from the midline point of the body. Pain, inflammation, hip tendinitis (hip flexor tendinitis) and micro tears of soft tissues at hip are common among golf players.
Treatment of golf injuries:
Immediate treatment for various golf injuries is rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rehabilitation and physical therapy along with appropriate chiropractic care helps in relieving pain, speeding healing and early return to golf activities.
Commonly Utilized Treatment For Golf Injuries Includes
Physical therapy exercises:
Exercises aims at increasing strength of different connective tissues and muscles that stabilize and support your joints. These exercises will improve stability and mobility and will help in relieving nerve pain. Postural correction is also important so that shoulder and surrounding structures are realigned.
Manual therapy is a hands-on technique to body tissues which increases mobility. ROM is also increased with the help of manual therapy. Joint mobilization will improve both stability and mobility.
Dry needling is used for the relieve of muscular spasm and stiffness. It breaks trigger points which are tiny knots in your muscles.
Interferential current (IFC)
Interferential current (IFC) is electrical muscle stimulation to relieve pain and promote faster healing of our patients.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS):
TENS is used to slow down the pain signals that goes to brain and spinal cord which may help in muscle relaxation and reducing pain.
Exercises for increasing strength of muscles is very important in rehabilitation of golf injuries. Strengthening of gluteal muscles to improve stability of pelvis improves recovery of patients suffering from golf injuries.
Training to improve balance and gait will improve recovery of patient and enhance performance.
Step-by-step guidelines of immediate injury treatment:
- Immediately stop the activity
- Wrap the affected area with a compression bandage
- Apply ice and elevate injured area to decrease swelling
- Consult your healthcare provider for appropriate diagnosis and treatment
- Start rehabilitation under professional guidance
Prevention Of Golf Injuries
There are number of ways to prevent golf injuries. Some of them include:
- Warm up before playing golf.
- Hydrate your body before, during and after golf activity.
- Taking rest periods between golf and activities.
- Practicing the right techniques.
- Stretching exercises improves flexibility and performance and reduces risk of injury
- Wearing proper shoes to provide adequate support.
Get personalized therapy designed for golf injuries:
At IPRC, we never use cookie cutter exercises. As symptoms of golf injuries can vary from one patient to another and each patient have unique and specific cause of pain, so we use custom design and personalized treatment approach for each patient. Our one-on-one physical therapy after proper examination will eliminate the root cause of your injury and pain. We properly examine patient and provide one -on-one physical therapy based on proper diagnosis. The custom design and personalized treatment utilized for addressing unique condition of patients make IPRC the number one clinic for treating golf injuries.
Dr. Aleem Certifications In Physical Therapy
Certified in Chiropractic and Osteopathic Techniques
Dr. Aleem is Certified in Chiropractic and Osteopathic techniques from iThurst, Italy. These techniques will help in reducing pain and improving mobility. It is also used in correcting posture. It is very beneficial in reducing chronic conditions like osteoarthritis. It treats neck injuries like whiplash and spinal injuries.
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Dr. Aleem also delivers lecture on ergonomics at corporate sector in whole Pakistan including Telenor, PTCL and Ufone.