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Stay Safe on the Golf Course This Spring

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Stay safe on the golf courseGolf is a great way to stay active, especially during the warm spring and summer months. While many people think of  golf as a low-impact sport, it can often lead to serious injuries!

Lower back injuries are commonly associated with playing golf. While playing golf, players tend to repeatedly twist their body at the lower hips in order to swing the club. This repeated motion results in pressure on the lower back, causing pain and stiffness.

Elbow injuries are extremely common in golf as well. Medial epicondylitis, also called “golfer’s elbow,” is a painful condition in which the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow become damaged. The condition often results from constantly overusing or even injuring the forearm, and patients with this condition will typically experience pains along the inner aspect of the elbow and forearm. Usually, the condition will be treated with nonsurgical methods like applying ice and resting the arm. Although conservative measures are usually considered quite effective, more severe cases may require surgery.

Although not as common as elbow injuries, shoulder injuries can also be sustained from playing golf. Frozen shoulder, also called “adhesive capsulitis” is a common condition that causes pain as well as limited movement of the shoulder. The exact cause of this condition is still unknown, though it is often caused by the limited mobility of the joint following an injury, or as a result of a health condition such as diabetes. The condition is most commonly found in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Patients experiencing frozen shoulder will usually experience a great deal of pain and a limited range of motion which will gradually become worse. The shoulder will slowly “thaw”, during which the pain will subside.

In order to diagnose golf injuries, patients must undergo tests which will enable the doctor to diagnose the condition, and establish an effective treatment plan. If you are experiencing any issues which are related to these conditions, don’t delay getting treatment! By visiting an experienced doctor as soon as possible, you will be able to recover quickly. Best of all, you will be back playing golf in no time!

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