Common Golfing Injuries
Shoulder Pain In Golfers
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.
Common MRI findings in golfers with shoulder pain
ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS
ROTATOR CUFF TEARS
LONG HEAD OF BICEP TENDON INJURIES
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.