Just like all other games, golfing requires its players to be in good physical form. But then, some conditions deter most avid golfers from enjoying the game or even participating at the professional level. This article shares three of the common problems golfers encounter.
1. Golfer’s Elbow
Also known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow is a musculoskeletal condition that causes pain inside the hand, from the elbow to the wrist joint. It is often caused by the repetitive stress that comes with high impact wrist, hand, and finger motions. Some of the symptoms of golfer’s elbow include stiff hands, and elbow, tingling fingers, and weak wrists. The diagnosis of this condition is via physical evaluation or imaging, while treatments range from self-care and medications to therapies and the use of devices.
2. Osteoarthritis (OA)
Osteoarthritis is another common problem that golfers face. It is the pain and inflammation of the joints. To understand what causes osteoarthritis, it’s first essential to understand the role of the soft cartilage in joints. This soft tissue prevents friction during joint movement, and when it wears down, it causes friction between the bones, and thus inflammation and pain. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for OA, but there are some medications, therapies, exercises, and even surgical procedures to manage the pain. The OA may cause hip pain, knee pain, finger pain, etc.
This is a condition that causes physical discomfort, inflammation, and even pain in the back and spine regions. Well, there are so many reasons that may cause back pain, and regardless of the cause, it affects golfers. With backache, swinging becomes a challenge, and so does bending.
These are the most common problems golfers face. Besides, there are risks of a range of injuries such as rotator cuff, wrist injuries, finger injuries, and even sunburn.