Osteopathy Treats Golf Injuries

By Dr Guy Ashburner | September 3, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Golf Injuries

Golfers often suffer from serious injuries despite golf being considered a low level activity. This includes approximately 50% of touring professionals who have to stop play due to injury.

A golf swing involves an exaggerated trunk rotation and requires you to move both shoulders through a wide range of motion at high speed. If this motion is done incorrectly it can cause injury to many parts of the body especially the back, elbows, shoulders and wrists.

Osteopathy can help improve golf biomechanics and posture thus improving a golfer’s handicap. Sports osteopathic management will advise you on appropriate rehabilitation which will allow you a quicker return to the game you love.

Back Injuries

A common presentation for the osteopath is the newcomer to golf who spent too long on the driving range swinging and hitting 100 balls in the same direction. They awake in the night or on a subsequent morning with considerable back pain.

Muscle, ligament and joint strains of the back are the most common golf injuries. Constant bending over will cause extreme stress on the muscles and joints of the lower back. The use of longer golf clubs can allow your body to remain closer to an upright position and help relieve stress on your back.

Elbow Injuries

Golfer’s elbow (flexor tendinopathy) and tennis elbow (extensor tendinopathy) can be caused from rapid extension of the elbow and strong arm pull with incorrect grip. Poor posture with hunched shoulders, forced straight arms and gripping too tightly can further predispose and maintain elbow problems for the golfer.

Wrist Injuries

Wrist pain from incorrect grip and use of the thumb can cause de Quervain’s tenosynovitis and strain of wrist joint (metacarpo-trapezial joint).


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