Shoulder Pain While Golfing

Shoulder Pain While Golfing

The swing for a golfer is perhaps the most crucial aspect to a low handicap. Everything about the swing must be correct from holding the club, to footing, and the swing. When you are standing there, and the swing is correct, the ball flies and nothing feels more fluent than that swing.

One preventer of such a swing is the common yet shoulder pain that comes with over-use as well as bad swing form. Warming up is essential to prevent injury and if you feel a pain coming on, it is best to rest, stop play, and ice until the pain disappears or risk further worse injury. If the pain does not go away, of course you will want to see a doctor.

Shoulder pain that does not relinquish has a few common causes including either arthritis in the shoulder joint, rotator cuff tendonitis, or even a tear or partial tear to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of muscle and their tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder. With tendonitis or a rotator cuff tear, these muscles are effected and cause pain while with arthritis it is the shoulder joint that is irritated.

Some of the best non-surgical treatments that relieve pain and produce a fast recovery process have to do with the advancements in regenerative medicine. If the shoulder is produces chronic pain, Stem Cell Therapy, which uses non-controversial Adult Stem Cells, taken from the fat of the body, can help to repair damaged tissue and create new and healthy tissue alleviating pain and regenerating the joint. Regenerative medicine works for muscle tears as well as arthritis throughout the body. Call (718) 835-0084 today to set up an evaluation and see if this treatment can help.

Physical Therapy is a another option to help alleviate the swelling and pain of either arthritis in the shoulder, rotator cuff tendonitis, or a partial rotator cuff tear.

Here are two rotator cuff stretches that can help increase mobility and ease pain for shoulder arthritis or rotator cuff tendonitis:

  1. Hold a small towel with one hand slightly behind your head and grab the other end of the towel with the opposite hand behind your back. Pull up on the towel lightly with the higher hand and hold the position for 30 seconds. Next repeat the exercise on the other side.
  2. Clasp both hands behind your back and raise your hands upward without causing pain in your shoulder. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat two to three times.

To get that shoulder back healthy again for Golf, either see a doctor or a physical therapist. The therapists at Cross Bay Physical Therapy are trained extensively in treating sport-related injury. Call (718) 835-0084 for an appointment.

By Benjamin Bieber