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The Dangers of Golfing and How to Treat Golfing Injuries

by lakecountrypt, February 16, 2018


Golf is a sport that involves an incredible amount of concentration, skill and coordination. The sport is home to many great athletes including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, among many more.

The human body has to generate a certain amount of force so that the golf club hits the golf ball to propel it into the air and (hopefully) into the hole. When the muscles and tendons of the arms and wrists are continually stressed without taking the proper precautions to prevent injury, unrelenting pain can become the result.

In order to keep you in shape to continue playing the sport that you love, Lake Country Physical Therapy and Sportscare can provide you with a Canandaigua Physical Therapist to assist you in your sports training and rehabilitation.

Common Golf Injuries

  • Tennis Elbow
    • The forearm is comprised of many different soft tissues, where they connect and meet at the elbow.
    • When the inner tendon of the arm (medically termed “Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis”) becomes inflamed from overuse, the injury is called tennis elbow.
    • Tennis elbow is not limited to tennis players, as many golfers sustain this common forearm injury.
  • Golfer’s Elbow
    • An overuse injury that can occur when the golf club hits the ball at such a force that too much shock is exerted on the forearm.
        • For a Canandaigua physical therapist that can provide you with sports training and injury rehab, contact us today for an appointment.
  • Lower Back Pain
    • This can result due to the stance that you have to take when swinging your golf club, poor posture, poor flexibility and inadequate muscle strength.
  • Sunburn
    • Golf is often played outdoors, so make sure that you are wearing sunscreen to avoid any dangerous and painful sun damage to your skin.
  • Golf Cart Safety
    • Keep your feet and legs inside of the cart to avoid a foot or ankle injury.

Avoiding Injury

  • Warm up the muscles before using them extensively.
  • Adjust your swing speed. A slower swing may help lessen the shock to the arm.
  • Strengthen the forearm muscles to decrease the amount of shock to the arm.

Treating Your Injury

Contact us today for a Canandaigua physical therapist who can provide a variety of rehabilitation techniques and sports training to prevent common sports injuries in the future.

Depending on what type of injury you’ve sustained the following treatments can help:

    • Physical Therapy can provide much relief and the overall healing of the muscle.
        • Massage, strength, & flexibility training, joint mobilization and Kinesio Taping are all services that Lake Country Physical Therapy and Sportscare provide aid in the healing and rehabilitation process.
    • Resting an injury helps the body to heal, so this is a very important initial step to take.
    • Pain Medication can lessen your pain, such as an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like Tylenol or Advil however if you are noticing your condition is not improving, further action must be taken.