Common Golf Pain, Injuries, and Treatment

Information about common golfing pain, injuries, and treatment

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The most common golf injuries occur in the lower back, elbows, shoulders, hands, and wrists, and are generally defined as either cumulative (overuse) or acute (traumatic) injuries. The impact and stress of the repetitive motion of the swing is sometimes hard on the muscles and joints, especially if you ignore the early warning signs of an injury.

The best way to avoid an injury is to prevent them with proper conditioning and swing mechanics.

For more information see Injury Prevention for Golfers.

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Shoulder

Elbow

    Wrist and Hand

    Miscellaneous Pain and Injuries

    • Blisters: Blisters are fluid-filled sacks on the surface of the skin that commonly occurs on the hands or the feet.
    • Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness: Also called "DOMS," this muscle pain, stiffness or soreness occurs 24-48 hours after particularly intense exercise or a new program.
    • Knee Pain: Golfers can experience a variety of knee pain. In order to treat the cause of the pain, it is important to have an evaluation and proper diagnosis.Golfers can experience a variety of knee pain. In order to treat the cause of the pain, it is important to have an evaluation and proper diagnosis.
    • Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel, and usually defined by pain during the first steps of the morning.
    • Sprains and Strains: These are acute injuries that vary in severity but usually result in pain, swelling, bruising, and loss of the ability to move the joint.
    • Stress Fractures: Stress fractures in the leg are often the result of overuse or repeated impacts on a hard surface.

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