Golf Injury Prevention & Treatments

Golf Injury Prevention & Treatments | SF Custom Chiropractic
Generally speaking, golf is a relaxing game, one that is meant to be enjoyed and savored. More to the point, it clearly lacks the risk of other partial or full-contact sports. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways that people can’t sustain serious and painful golf injuries. According to available statistics, golf is a more dangerous game than many people realize, at least one study indicating that golf may have a higher incidence of injury than rugby! Common golf injuries involve injuries to the lower back, elbow, and shoulder. 
Thankfully, with proper awareness, you can prevent golf injuries. Additionally, in the event that you do hurt yourself playing golf, there is no shortage of golf injury treatment.

Golf Injury Prevention

Like most sports, golf injury prevention is simply a matter of preparing your body for the game of golf and ensuring that you are doing what you need to do in order to prevent such an injury. Some common injury prevention methods involve the following:

  • Warm-up: Make sure to stretch, dynamic warm-ups and take some practice swings before playing. This will ensure that your muscles are ready to go when you start to swing as hard as you can. Ten minutes of low-impact exercise and stretching should do the trick.
  • Talk to an expert: Golf pros are about more than just improving your score: They are also about preventing injury. A golf expert can examine your swing and help make sure that you aren’t doing your body any long-term damage.  Our doctors are TPI certified and can detect dysfunction and problems in areas of your movement patterns that can lead to injuries and higher golf scores.
  • Go slow: Start slow – particularly when you are first learning how to golf. Don’t jump right into a long, 18-hole game. Instead, play a few holes and use the golf cart. Gradually work your way up from there.
  • Exercise and stretch – even when not golfing: All of this can help get your body ready for physical activity and prevent an injury in the first place. This obviously has the added bonus of getting you into shape. 

Golf Injury Treatments

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you hurt yourself anyway. Thankfully, there are many ways you can treat a golf injury.
The specific method of treatment obviously depends on what exactly you do to yourself. In some cases, rest and over-the-counter medication may be all you need. In more serious instances, you may require surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
However, regardless of how you hurt yourself, you’ll need to make some changes in order to make sure that you don’t do so again. First, you should adjust your pre-game routine in order to better incorporate the prevention techniques noted above. This will help to minimize the risk of hurting yourself in the future.
Second, you will likely want to incorporate strength-training techniques and regular exercise. Exercise can help to increase your muscle mass, keep your body loose, and strengthen your ligaments, tendons, and other parts of your body that may be involved in an injury.
You should also seriously consider chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can help you recover from an injury by reducing inflammation, correcting your spine alignment, working on your tight or injured muscles or making other appropriate adjustments that can help your recover from a sports injury. Additionally, a good chiropractor will work to ensure that you are holistically addressing your physical care by improving your posture, giving you exercises, and potentially incorporating other modalities of healing into your wellness routine. All of this can not only help you recover from an injury but prevent another one later down line.

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Chiropractic care can be a fantastic way of recovering from an injury and improving your overall health. Don’t wait on taking care of yourself – book your appointment or give us a call today!


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