Getting Back on the Green
The summer months bring people out of their homes to soak up the sun and enjoy outdoor sports. However, sports injuries tend to skyrocket during this time. If you’ve found yourself with one of the common golf injuries listed below, keep reading to learn how to recover quickly and get back on the green!
- Rotator Cuff Injury.
Your rotator cuffs are the four stabilizing muscles found around each of your shoulders. These can easily become overworked, swollen, or even torn due to overuse. All of these common golf injuries can seriously impact your game, and even take you off the green for the rest of the season. If you have a rotator cuff injury, try using the RICE method: rest, ice, compress, elevate. If the pain persists or is too much to handle, go see a doctor to make sure nothing is torn.
- Golf Elbow.
Similar to tennis elbow, golf elbow is a common injury that plagues many golfers. Golf elbow is tendinitis of the inner tendon and occurs due to improper overuse. Rest is the best way to treat this common golf injury and easing back into the sport will help keep your tendons strong and healthy.
- Tendinitis in the Wrist.
Similar to the elbow, tendinitis in the wrist occurs when the tendons become overworked and inflamed. Strengthening your wrist muscles will help prevent this from occurring and resting when you notice fatigue will make your recovery quick!
- Back Pain.
Lower back pain is common due to being hunched over your clubs for hours. Correct form is the best way to prevent this from happening, and regularly exercising your back muscles can drastically decrease your chances of experiencing pain. Rest and alternating hot and cold packs can help reduce the pain, but if the pain persists an appointment with a specialist should be made to ensure you don’t have a serious injury.
If you’ve ever experienced one (or more) of these injuries, the Golf Rehabilitation and Performance program at Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine could be the answer you’ve needed! Participants in the program receive one-on-one attention and coaching from our certified specialist who develops an individualized program focused on addressing their physical limitations. Contact us today for more information!