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Treating Golf Injuries

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With excellent weather year round, the First Coast has thousands of golfers who take to the links every day. From junior golfers who are barely able to tote a bag to geriatric golfers who can shoot their age, golf’s hazards extend well beyond the bunker to thrown golf clubs and dangerous lightening strikes. Excluding injuries from an errant back-swing or feet dangling from a moving golf cart, lower back pain is the most common complaint among golfers followed by a sports injury to the elbow, wrist and shoulder.

Most golf injuries are believed to come from a lack of warm up, a misplaced swing that incorrectly strikes the ground or the repetition of poor swing mechanics. So, the best advice for golfers of all ages and skill levels is to decrease their chances of being injured by adopting a routine exercise program, stretching the right muscle groups prior to play and taking a few golf lessons from a professional. After all, most professional golfers have a swing coach, a sports trainer and spend much more time warming up prior to teeing it up.

The powerful rotation of the lead hip and twisting of lumbar spine can generate club head speeds of over 120 mph. This can put the back, wrist, elbow and shoulder in harm’s way for an overuse injury. Conversely, the exposure of walking or toting one’s own bag increases the risk of injury to the back, shoulder, ankle or knee. Although knee injuries are not as common to golf as some of the contact sports, once a golfer has a knee injury it is important to completely rehabilitate the injury to allow for a smooth transfer of weight from one side to the other.

As is the case with most sports injuries, overuse of a particular joint should be conservatively treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation. If problems persist, a physician can prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain medications for symptomatic relief. If you already suffer with a recurrent problem or would like to learn more about taking proactive steps to avoid a golf injury,  make an appointment online or call at (904) 269-1930. We can recommend a simple exercise program that will stretch and strengthen key muscles to reduce the risk of injury and increase your time on course.

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