Golf might not be an impact sport, but that doesn’t mean it can’t lead to injuries and pain. When injuries occur, they can affect how well you play or keep you away from your game completely. We want to be sure you enjoy your favorite sport, which is why our team at Johnson Chiropractic Center put together this guide.
Common Golf Injuries
Below, you will find some of the most common injuries and conditions that golfers sustain.
Lower Back Pain
A great deal of the time you are on the course is spent leaning forward and twisting – two things that directly impact the lower back. This is why so many golfers live with lower back pain.
The repetitive swinging of golf clubs can lead to an overuse injury in the tendons of the inner elbow. The more you play, the worse that injury can get. Without treatment, it can eventually become too painful to lift anything.
The shoulders are other parts of the body that are in constant use – especially when golfers use their arms more than they should. This can lead to rotator cuff tears and joint irritation.
It’s not unusual for golfers to develop wrist pain. Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sprains, and more are common as swinging a club repetitively can cause tears, inflammation, and more.
Knee and Hip Injuries
As you twist to swing, the soft tissues in your knees and hips can strain and tear. Not only can this make walking a painful task, but it can also prevent you from playing at your full potential.
How A Chiropractor Treats Golf Injuries
Chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system. Simply put, this means that any area of the body affected by your favorite sport can be treated by a chiropractor:
- Adjustments are at the core of chiropractic care, as they help keep the spine aligned, treat compressed nerves and muscles, and correct posture issues. Adjustments aren’t just effective for the back. Cervical and extremity adjustments are beneficial, as well.
- Chiropractors also utilize massage therapy to help golfers find relief and prevent future injuries. Massage therapy has consistently proven to be effective at treating tension and inflammation. It also pulls oxygen and healing nutrients to the area being treated.
- Therapeutic exercises help stretch and strengthen target areas. For golfers, this might include strengthening the core, as a strong core provides greater support on the course. These are just a few examples of how a chiropractor can help. Your treatment plan will be customized to your symptoms and goals.