Golf- Common Injuries

Shoulder

The following are some of the common shoulder conditions experienced by golfers: 

Acromioclavicular Joint Pain: This type of pain is caused by an injury to the joint at the top of your shoulder, where your collarbone meets your shoulder. 

Rotator Cuff Tears: The repetitive movement of a golf swing can cause the muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint to get stretched or damaged.  

Labrum (SLAP) Tear: Over-rotation of a golf swing can cause the cartilage ring surrounding the shoulder joint socket to get torn. 

Shoulder Arthritis: The overuse of any joint can result in wear and tear of the smooth cartilage coating the bones, leading to exposed rough bone surfaces and friction in the joint. Eventually, this can lead to the formation of bone spurs, misalignment, and soft tissue damage in your shoulder. 

Shoulder Instability: Any significant soft tissue or bony injury can cause the bones of the shoulder joint to subluxate or dislocate. 

Elbow

Elbow pain is another common type of injury that golfers experience. The tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the elbow joint can get stretched, pinched, or torn due to overuse. This can be caused by holding the club with an overly bent elbow or wrist or simply through overuse. The club striking the ground or a solid object can damage the elbow tendons. Some common elbow injuries include: 

Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis): Pain and stiffness in the joint of the bony bump on the inside of your elbow if left untreated. 

Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis): Pain and inflammation of the tendon and bony bump on the outside of the elbow. This condition is as common in golfers as golfer’s elbow. 

Wrist

The wrist is at risk of injury if not warmed up properly or overused. Over-bending or over-extending the wrist at the point of impact can also cause wrist injuries.

 Some common wrist injuries include: 

Tendonitis: Overusing the tendons that attach the muscles to the bones of your wrist can cause them to get swollen and inflamed. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Inflammation or structural damage in the joint can pinch the nerves that run through your wrist bones (carpal tunnel) and lead to numbness and weakness in your hand and fingers.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with these injuries, please do not hesitate to contact me and schedule a consultation.