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How to Recover from Golf Injuries

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There’s no doubt that hitting the course for a round of golf can be a lot of fun. But one thing that is not fun about it is getting injured. Incurring an injury is a very real possibility, as an experienced golfer can tell you. Having a patient come in with a golf back injury or a golf elbow injury is a pretty common occurrence at IMPACT Physical Therapy. That’s why it’s one of our specialties. That’s also why we’ve put together the guide below on how to prevent and how to recover from golf injuries.

Golf Back Injury

This may be one of the more common golf injuries. But you can recover from it. Follow these steps:

How to Recover from a Golf Back Injury

  • Sleep and rest
  • Heating pads and cold packs
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine
  • Prescription medication under the direction of a doctor
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Physical therapy.

How to Prevent a Golf Back Injury

  • Regular exercise that target the back muscles
  • Practice correct form.

Rotator Cuff Injury

This injury happens most often when a golfer uses an improper swing technique. So, make sure to practice your swing! Here are some other things you can do:

How to Recover from a Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Get enough sleep and rest
  • Use ice packs on the injury
  • Use compression
  • Elevate the injury
  • Practice exercises specifically designed to strengthen shoulder and back muscles
  • Get physical therapy

How to Prevent a Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Practice regular strength training
  • Regularly stretch your back, shoulder, and ab muscles.

Golf Elbow Injury

This is yet another one of those golf injuries that result from an incorrect swing technique. Here’s how to recover from golf injuries to your elbow:

How to Recover from a Golf Elbow Injury

  • Take a hiatus from playing golf until your body has healed.
  • Practice gentle exercises designed to strengthen muscles and tendons.
  • Work on your swing until you use the correct form.
  • Get physical therapy.

How to Prevent a Golf Elbow Injury

  • Correct swing technique
  • Alternate your practice schedule so that your muscles get time to rest.

Knee Damage

We’re not going to list out a long set of instructions on how to recover from golf injuries to your knee yourself. That’s because it’s very important to see a doctor if you think you may have injured your knee.

How to Recover from Knee Damage

  • See a doctor for proper treatment.
  • Do not ignore the pain!

How to Prevent Knee Damage

  • Practice proper stretches of the calves, hamstrings, thighs, and core muscles.
  • Wear a brace if you experience weakness or discomfort.

Tendonitis in the Wrist

This injury could keep you from being able to hold your club. But you can follow the steps below to recover:

How to Recover from Tendonitis in the Wrist

  • Splints and compression.
  • Heat and cold packs.
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine.
  • Get physical therapy.

How to Prevent Tendonitis in the Wrist

  • Exercises that strengthen your wrists and forearms.

Schedule an appointment at IMPACT Physical Therapy

Don’t let golf injuries go untreated. You deserve to live as pain-free as possible. We can help you do that. We have several convenient locations in Illinois. We even offer telehealth services. So request an appointment today!