The most common injuries to golfers are:
- Low back pain which is caused by muscle spasm, degenerative disc disease, bulging or herniated disc, or pelvic instability.
- Knee pain caused by degenerative joint disease (bone on bone), torn ligaments (usually ACL, MCL, or LCL), or torn meniscus.
- Elbow pain usually referred to as golfer’s or tennis elbow is an inflammation or tear of the ligaments or tendons at either side of the elbow.
- Shoulder pain, reduced range of motion and weakness of the rotator cuff of the shoulder.
- Wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel or inflammation of the ligaments or tendons of the wrist.
How to prevent golf related injuries?
The key to preventing golf injuries are to:
- Quit smoking. Smoking has been shown to increase inflammation and reduce the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to soft tissues (ligaments, tissues, muscles, cartilage and discs) that make them more susceptible to injury.
- Optimize your nutritional status. Limit sugar intake and alcohol. Increase vegetable intake. Divide you weight by two and take this amount of water (in ounces) daily. Take a nutritional joint formula with Type II collagen, hyaluronic acid and boswelia, Multi-B vitamin and extra Vitamin C.
- Stretch and warm up before play. There are hundreds of warm up and stretching routines available on-line. Focus on core strength and flexibility (yoga or pilates).
- If you develop pain after a round that increases over time or doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, schedule an appointment with www.explorehealthaz.com for expert evaluation and treatment options.
Can prolotherapy or regenerative orthopedics help resolve serious golf injuries without surgery?
Our office has been helping golfers resolve their golf related injuries for years and specializes in prolotherapy, PRP, stem-cell derived exosome injections, neuroprolotherapy, etc. The most common injuries include:
- ACL or meniscus (knee),
- Rotator cuff (shoulder),
- Golfer’s elbow,
- Strain/sprain and tendinitis of the wrist
- Low back pain caused by arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and muscle spasm, etc.
Our doctor is an avid golfer and has played for 50 years. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and understands the importance of being able to return to playing golf pain free as soon as possible. This approach helps strengthen weakened or compromised tissues and prevents further damage that may require surgery if left untreated.
For over two decades, Dr. Nelson has consistently helped patients become pain-free and return to the activities they love. He is uniquely qualified in physical medicine, regenerative orthopedic medicine, and naturopathic therapies that help patients regain their health, vitality, and quality of life. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nelson and the team at Explore Health, call the office and speak to the friendly staff or book online today.