One of the most common complaints from golfers is pain in the lower back. The mechanics of the golf swing place stress on the parts of the spine including the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. According to the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Laboratory, "more than 30 percent of golfers have experienced issues related to low-back pain or injury that have affected their ability to continue enjoying the game of golf."
Back pain caused by golf is not uncommon. From the eyes of the spectator, golf may seem as if it's a low-impact sport, but it can be one of the most demanding sports on the spine, causing several painful conditions that sometimes require medical attention.
The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles in the shoulder. The tendons of these muscles can become torn as a result of injury, stress or repetitive motion. It is a relatively common stress-related golf injury and it can easily be made worse if it is not cared for properly. Although there is a lot that can be done on your own to care for these injuries, you should always see a doctor first and establish a plan of care.
Pain and discomfort from golf elbow can be enough to make a golfer want to put his clubs away. Also known as medial epicondylitis, golfer's elbow is similar to tennis elbow, according to the Mayo Clinic. Golfers, tennis players and others who repeatedly hinge their wrists or clench their fingers can develop golfer’s elbow.
Golfer's elbow is a form of tendinitis, which arises in a golfer as the result of the repeated swings in a round of golf, or in a session at the local driving range. The aching pain brought on by golfer's elbow can be quite severe, and can greatly reduce a player's enjoyment of the game if proper care is not taken.
Exposure to the sun can be a real danger for golfers, who spend an abundant amount of time outside. Given that a round of golf can take four hours or more–and that most golfers also use the putting green or driving range before they tee off–there is ample opportunity for golfers to get sunburn or other harmful effects that result from the sun.
Technically, you should never diagnose your own injuries. Only a doctor can properly diagnose a rotator cuff injury. That said, rotator cuff injuries are very common among golfers, so it is important that every golfer have some understanding of what a rotator cuff injury is and how to spot one. Rotator cuff injuries occur most frequently when a golfer is teeing off or making a long drive; however, injuries can occur at almost any time, even when you are not particularly exerting yourself. Be aware of any "pops" or cracking sounds in your shoulder area and any sharp pains in your shoulder or down your arm as you are playing.
Lower back pain is an unfortunately common experience for golfers. The disc spaces and soft tissues are prone to injury through strain caused by poor swing mechanics or overuse of back muscles by players in need of physical conditioning. The game itself requires repeated twists and bends, which place a great deal of stress on the spinal column, causing inflammation and discomfort in the lower back. In response to these injuries, many people rest, staying off their feet, and wait for the pain to subside. While this response is understandable, after 48 hours, resting may do more harm than good.
Lower back and hip pain can plague any golfer. A day on the course offers more dangers than you may realize. Careless swings, lifting golf bags and constantly bending over to retrieve golf balls puts strain on the body, especially the lower back and hips. The good news is that there are exercises that can relieve, and even prevent, pain to these areas of the body. Properly strengthening and stretching these muscles prepares the body to deal with the stress put on it while playing golf.
Back pain stops your golf game in its tracks. Every swing and every movement causes intense pain in your lower back. After an initial period of rest, doctors often recommend increasing physical activity to combat lower back pain. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, your doctor may ask you to perform a series of exercises to help restore the range of motion in your back before you attack the links again. These light exercises should be performed only as recommended by your therapist or surgeon.
Back pain or fatigue can put a real crimp in your golf game. Whether it's a twinge that ruins your follow-through, or a sharp pain that weakens your stroke, exercise can help strengthen your back and restore your game. Fitness experts, including those with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), recommend the following exercises to help you overcome back pain or fatigue.
Shoulder injuries are fairly common in golfing. The swing asks the muscles to move very quickly, which can cause tearing of the muscles, tendons or joint tissues. In most cases, physical therapy and time can heal shoulder injuries but only if the exercises for the shoulder injury are done with proper form. With some expert advice and the right technique, you can be driving the ball off the tee in as little as a few days.
Arthritis is a condition that commonly affects the elderly, in which joints of the body experience painful inflammation. Playing golf provides positive benefits for arthritis sufferers, but it can also exacerbate arthritis' symptoms. Simple things, such as using a lower compression ball, can make a big difference in your enjoyment of the game.
While injury risks in golf are low, the sport is not without its potential pitfalls. A common area for a golfer to feel pain after a round of golf is in his hands, which can come under strain when a golfer misplays a ball. These injuries require various forms of treatment.
Golf is not a game that is typically thought of as being hard on the body. However, the golf swing places great strain on several body parts in short intervals. The repetitive nature of golf, coupled with the strain placed on the body, is a good recipe for many types of injuries, including ones to the back, knees and elbows.
The shoulder is the fourth most commonly injured site for golfers, according to Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation, a non-profit medical campus in Columbus, Georgia. Golf relies heavily on the muscles, tendons and joints in this part of the body just to get the ball off of the tee. With an injured shoulder, the game becomes much more difficult to play, so golfers need to learn how to spot and treat shoulder injuries.
Golf is known as the "gentleman's game." But, while golf doesn't at first seem to be a game that is fraught with injury, keep in mind that the golf swing uses almost every part of the body to swing the club and move the ball closer to the hole. Wrist injuries are one of the most common ailments. A golfer's wrist absorbs a majority of the club's impact with both the ground and the ball.
Pain and injury to the wrist can greatly impeded a golfer's performance. In addition to the physical pain, there can also be an aversion to taking a full swing when injured due to the fear of striking the ground with the club, which can result in sharp pain. Wrist injuries can linger for long periods of time if not properly treated.
A repetitive motion injury, golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) is an inflammation on the inside of the elbow where the tendons meet the bone, according to MayoClinic.com. Golfer's elbow differs from the more well-known tennis elbow in that tennis elbow pain occurs on the outside of the elbow. Symptoms of golfer's elbow may appear gradually or suddenly, but may be treated with rest, elevation, ice or over-the-counter pain relievers. See a doctor for persistent symptoms.
The hamstring is three muscles, semitendinosis, semimembrinosis and the biceps femoris, located near the back of your legs and above your knees (See References). A hamstring can be pulled when the muscles are torn or stretched. This can be a common injury for golfers and can be caused by having bad form when swinging or putting too much pressure on the muscles when walking a course.