Golf is a popular sport enjoyed by people of all ages, but like any physical activity, it can come with the risk of injury. The most common golf injuries involve the back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. These injuries can occur due to poor swing mechanics, repetitive strain, overuse, or sudden trauma. While golf injuries can be common, there are several techniques that golfers can use to prevent them.
Common Orthopedic Golf Injuries
- Golfer’s Elbow: Also known as medial epicondylitis, a golfer’s elbow is a type of tendonitis that causes pain on the inside of the elbow. It can be caused by overuse or poor swing mechanics.
- Shoulder Injuries: The repetitive motion of golf can cause shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and bursitis.
- Back Injuries: The twisting motion of the golf swing can cause lower back injuries such as muscle strains and herniated discs.
- Wrist Injuries: Golfers can experience wrist injuries such as tendonitis or ligament sprains due to the repetitive motion of the swing.
- Hand Injuries: Golfers can experience hand injuries such as trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, or arthritis due to the repetitive gripping of the club.
- Warm-up: It is important to warm up before playing golf to loosen up the muscles and prevent injury. This can include stretching, jogging, or light weight lifting.
- Proper Technique: Improving your swing mechanics can help prevent injuries. TPI certification focuses on the biomechanics of the golf swing and can help golfers improve their technique to reduce the risk of injury.
- Strengthening Exercises: Strengthening exercises can help improve stability and prevent injuries. TPI certification includes a focus on golf-specific exercises to improve strength and flexibility.
- Proper Equipment: Using the proper equipment such as shoes, gloves, and clubs can help prevent injuries. TPI certification includes education on proper equipment selection to reduce the risk of injury.
- Rest: Rest is important to prevent overuse injuries. TPI certification includes education on proper rest and recovery techniques to prevent injury.
Orthopedic golf injuries can be common, but they can also be prevented. By using proper technique, warming up, strengthening exercises, and proper equipment, golfers can reduce the risk of injury. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or a beginner, it is important to take steps to prevent injury and stay healthy on the course.
For anyone suffering from a golf-related injury that would like to discuss surgical or non-surgical treatment options, you can schedule a consultation with our sports medicine specialist, Dr. Marc Matarazzo. Give us a call at (561) 798-6600 or request your appointment online here.