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Common Golfing Injuries

Shoulder Pain In Golfers

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There are many reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain during or after playing golf. These injuries are usually caused by overuse of the shoulder muscles, and often affect the lead shoulder (left shoulder in right-handed golfers).

Here are several tips you may adopt to protect your shoulder from injury:

  • Stop playing if your shoulder is hurting during the game. You can always return to the game another day once your shoulder is better.
  • Ensure you have adequate rest after a strenuous golf session. You may use ice and anti-inflammatory medical to reduce the pain and swelling in your shoulder if present.
  • Be sure to assess your golf swing and biomechanics with your golf pro.
  • Avoid carrying your golf club over your injured shoulder. Either use a trolley or a buggy to do the heavy work for you.
  • Strengthen the muscles around your shoulder and back at the gym. Muscles in the body work together to facilitate movement, and strong muscles help to prevent injuries and compensate for injuries around your joints.
  • It is important to stretch regularly before and after any golf game or practice. Tightness in one muscle may lead to pain in another.
If you are experiencing persistent and significant pain in your shoulder during or after a game or training, seek medical assistance from a doctor or orthopaedic surgeon. Your shoulder will be thoroughly examined and an appropriate investigation such as an MRI scan of your shoulder can help to identify the cause of the problem.

Common MRI findings in golfers with shoulder pain

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ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS

There are four muscles that make up the rotator cuff muscle complex around each shoulder. The muscles are attached to the bone (humeral head) via touch tissues known as tendons. This is inflammation of these tendons due to injury or strain may cause them to swell up.
Tendinitis describes swollen and inflamed rotator cuff tendons. Rotator cuff tendinitis may manifest as pain during your backswing or downswing. Tendinitis often gets better with adequate rest, cold compress with ice, simple analgesics such as anti-inflammatories, as well as shoulder exercises. It is important to keep the shoulder moving gently rather than completely immobilising it as this may lead to a frozen shoulder.

ROTATOR CUFF TEARS

If the strain and overuse of your shoulder goes beyond the strength of these tendons, they may tear. Golfers may experience shoulder pain during their golf swing that persists despite adequate rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. Your orthopaedic surgeon may still prescribe a course of physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles around your shoulder and improve the range of movement.
If conservative management does not improve your symptoms, your orthopaedic surgeon may discuss arthroscopic or keyhole surgery to repair the torn tendons. The aim of the surgery is to repair the tear by stitching the torn tendon back to the underlying bone (humeral head). This would facilitate healing and a return to function and sports.
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LONG HEAD OF BICEP TENDON INJURIES

This may present as pain and weakness in the front of your shoulder. This cord-like structure connects your bicep muscles to your shoulder point.

This condition may be treated conservatively with adequate rest, ice packs and anti-inflammatory medication. If the tendon is completely ruptured, you may notice a bulge over your bicep muscles itself. If this happens, it is crucial to seek the help of an orthopaedic surgeon to fix the situation.
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    Sun/Ph Closed

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