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What are the most common golfing injuries?

The Neck

As well as having similar spinal restrictions, this area is one of the most important for golf. Good stable mechanics for the golfer's eye-to-ball connection is fundamental in allowing the whole body swing to work correctly.

Shoulder pain

The shoulder is an extremely complex joint, and either shoulder can be affected in swinging the club, leading to tendonitis, tears, and joint inflammation or instability. As in elbow injuries described above, if adjacent areas are not functioning as they should, i.e. stiffness in the spine, neck or elbow, a higher demand will be placed on the shoulder, leaving it prone to injury. Any treatment should look at all of these areas, not only where your pain is.

Golfer's elbow

A painful condition, where the muscles of the forearm pull at their attachment on the inside of the elbow, creating inflammation. Funnily it is also quite common for golfers to experience Tennis Elbow, where the pain is on the outside of the elbow. Any restriction in the movement of the joints of the wrist, elbow, shoulder or spine, will alter the effectiveness of the forearm muscles and can leave you predisposed to developing this condition. Treatment would involve addressing all of these areas, to aid repair and prevent recurrence.

Hand or Wrist injuries

Some golfers may experience such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendonitis or fracture of a carpal bone in the hand. Osteopathy works to release tension in the muscles, ligaments and joints around the affected areas and further up the limb to aid blood flow, drainage and freedom of movement, taking the stress off the affected area.

The Mid back

The middle of the upper back can make or break the golf swing. A flexible and supple mid spine will allow for smooth swing mechanics while restrictions will inevitably lead to poor performance and/or injury. Rotation can be restricted if the muscles between the ribs (the intercostal muscles) are tight. Osteopathy can help to release rotation restrictions.

The Low back

Among professional and amateur golfers, low back pain has been cited as the most common golf-related injury. It is estimated that 10-33% of LPGA and PGA touring professionals are playing whilst injured at any given time and that half the group will develop chronic problems.
The flexed (forward position combined with strong rotational forces and the golfer, finishing with a lordotic 'reversed c' posture during the golf swing are not a good combination for a healthy back. The 'reversed c' posture in particular leads to hyper-extension of the lower back which adds increased stress on the joints and paraspinal muscles of the lumbar spine.
Underlying tightness of muscles together with increased loads to the lumbar spine during the golf swing, as well as the large forces generated by these muscles, predispose the golfer to reduced mobility, aches and pains, muscular strains, joint strains, spondylosis (degenerative spine condition) and associated risk of herniated discs. Osteopathic treatment can help to ensure the pelvis; hips and spine are free, mobile and working together to provide an easy, painless movement.

Knee or Hip pain

If, during the swing, your weight is positioned slightly incorrectly this can lead to a strain in the hip capsule or the gluteal (buttock) muscles. If the rotation makes it all the way to the knee you are at risk of damaging the meniscus, ligaments or cartilage and even your thigh muscles.
Golfers are constantly looking for ways to improve their golf game. Yet the most important piece of equipment any golfer has is their body! Over half of all golfers will sustain at least one injury related to golf. There is a strong relationship between a golfer’s physical condition and the ability to produce power in the swing.